Big news for BBQ fans!
Choppin’ Block, a fast-casual BBQ concept from the owners of Atria’s and Juniper Grill, will be opening in the middle of June in the Strip District.
The tiny, 300-square-foot lunchtime spot will offer limited outdoor seating, and a takeout window for fast service, perfect for midday dining.
On the menu, you’ll find a full selection of of BBQ favorites from chef Bryce Standford, including pulled pork, ribs, BBQ chicken, sausage and beef brisket. Stephanie Holbrook, the restaurant’s director of catering, says that in addition to traditional BBQ offerings, Choppin’ Block will also offer healthier fare, include BBQ bowls with a couscous base and salads.
“One thing that we’re really excited about with this opening is that we’ll have a smoker in the facility, so all of our meats will be house-smoked,” Holbrook says. “Depending on the meat, everything will smoke between four to 16 hours – ribs will take 14 to 16 hours, so they’ll be fall-off-the-bone.”
Standford will use a variety of different types of wood chips during the smoking process, including hickory, apple, maple, and wood chips soaked in an apple bourbon mix.
He’ll also be serving made-from-scratch side dishes, like Macaroni & Cheese, baked beans, and cole slaw, and a BBQ Frito Pie appetizer, featuring homemade chili, Fritos chips, cheese, sour cream, and a choice of meat. There will also be five different kinds of BBQ sauces on the menu, plus a selection of homemade breads and desserts.
Construction is currently underway at 2627 Penn Avenue (right next to Savoy), and the restaurant should be open in the middle of next month.
While this is the first Choppin’ Block location to open, Holbrook says that the restaurant group may expand the concept to other locations in the future.
When the restaurant opens, it will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Choppin’ Block (2627 Penn Avenue)
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