The wait is over. John Lewis, the celebrated owner of La Barbecue in Austin, opens his highly-anticipated Lewis Barbecue today in Charleston, S.C.
Head to 464 N. Nassau St. to get some of the incredible smoked meats that John Lewis has been sampling at pop-up restaurants all over Charleston recently.
The 34-year-old barbecue master launched his career at the famous Franklin BBQ in Austin and later co-founded La Barbecue. His new venture in Charleston features a long bar where patrons can drink while lining up to order barbecue.
Lewis recently rebutted Eater editor Chris Fuhrmeister’s controversial article claiming that the only legit kind of American barbecue is pork. In the rebuttal (which was also published in Eater) Lewis made the case for beef brisket, long cherished by Texans.
With the opening of Lewis Barbecue, Carolinians will now have the chance to decide for themselves whether to expand their definition of barbecue to include Texas-style barbecue. The menu also includes beef short ribs, pulled pork, and “hot guts” (sausage) among other savory offerings.
The 34-year-old Lewis is also hosting a “Raise the Roof” party at the restaurant on July 10 to raise money for nearby Union Baptist Church, which is in need of a new roof. Local bands will play, raffles will be held and there will be plenty of food and drink for all attendees.