What started as a hobby for pitmaster Hector Garate, smoking brisket for his family, became pop-up Palmira Barbecue, which turned into a food stall, and is now a brick-and-mortar establishment in West Ashley (2366 Ashley River Road). Highly anticipated restaurant Palmira Barbecue opened its doors last week to much fanfare.
Garate pulls the best bits of flavors and techniques from Texas, North Carolina, and his native home Puerto Rico, to create his menu of juicy beef cheeks, smoky pulled pork, and rich barbacoa. With the new space, he will be able to serve more customers and experiment more with specials.
Walking up to the building, customers are greeted with a stunning mural from Karl Z Creations. Once inside, they will find warm, welcoming woods with pops of green, yellow, and red. The walls are covered in family heirlooms, including a photo of Garate’s abuela.
“Palmira Barbecue has come to life in a great space designed with talented artists, where we bring craft barbecue to the Lowcountry and share our story,” says Garate.
Palmira Barbecue is open Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or until it sells out of product.