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Lewis Barbecue Opens Second Location in Greenville Next Week

Charleston’s favorite brisket-smoking pitmaster goes north

The outdoor patio at Lewis Barbecue in Greenville.
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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

It’s been over six years since brisket mania took over Charleston, South Carolina, with the opening of Lewis Barbecue, and now it's time for Greenville, South Carolina, to get a taste of smoky, fatty goodness. The second outpost of Lewis Barbecue will open at 214 Rutherford Street on Wednesday, September 14.

“We’ve been approached a lot of times to open up a second location but it never felt right,” says Lewis Barbecue owner John Lewis, “I wanted the second spot to be in a city that had a solid food community and was also close enough so I could easily drive there often and check in. What we do is so methodical and I’m really dedicated to making sure it feels and tastes the same as our first location. Greenville made perfect sense because it’s filled with food lovers and an easy drive for me and the team. Since we started construction I knew we made the right choice.”

The Greenville location is at the site of the former Tommy’s Ham House, which served the community for over 30 years — owner Tommy Stevenson even gave Lewis his blessing in a public ceremony in 2021. The Lewis Barbecue team took over a year to renovate the space into an establishment that follows the aesthetics set at the original Lowcountry location with the help of designer Betsy Berry of B. Berry Interiors and LGM Architects.

The menu in Greenville is the same as the one in Charleston. Expect life-changing brisket, super moist turkey, pulled pork sandwiches, and not-to-be-overlooked sides like green chile corn pudding and cowboy beans.

Once open, the Greenville Lewis Barbecue serves on Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lewis Barbecue can seat 170 visitors.
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The interiors are inspired by 1970s Texas.
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Lewis Barbecue doesn’t look like any typical barbecue place.
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Order at the counter.
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Sit at the bar for beer, wine, and cocktails.
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It’s rustic Americana with modern industrial elements.
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