As downtown dwellers wait patiently for the NoMo Home Team BBQ to open the doors, here's a few facts to know about the 126 Williman St. newcomer.
1. The third Home Team BBQ will have many of the same favorites as the Sullivan's Island and West Ashley eateries, but the menu will also some extras for the downtown crowd. Pitmaster Taylor Garrigan and chef Courtney Tomer will use the Williman Street kitchen to try out more aspirational items for the menu and experiment with new dishes. There will also be Lowcountry boils for large parties (25 person minimum). Don't worry, the can't-resist, dry-rubbed wings will still be on the menu.
2. While the frozen Gamechanger remains one of the best ways to cool down on a hot day, Home Team recently concocted an entire list of quaffable cocktails. The menu debuted at the West Ashley store and will be available downtown. Now guests can enjoy barbecue with drinks like The Charlestonian, which is Hat Trick gin, almond cherry liquor, Spanish vermouth, dry Curacao, soda water, and mint.
3. This will be the largest of the Home Team restaurants. With a 56-foot bar, a full dining room, and outdoor seating, there's plenty of area for everyone.
4. The downtown Home Team has a takeout window, so if you don't want to hang out, you can order your food on the fly.
5. The restaurant should be open before March. Home Team has a Slow Meat Pitmaster Roast planned for Saturday, March 5. The event is aimed at promoting national educational campaign Slow Meat and to raise funds for Slow Food Charleston. Home Team pitmasters Aaron Siegel, Taylor Garrigan, and Madison Ruckel, Jonathan and Justin Fox from the Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (Atlanta), Carey Bringle from Peg Leg Porker Restaurant (Nashville), Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (Nashville), and Michael Gallina, former chef de cuisine at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York) will cook for the party. Tickets are $55.25.