It was a novel concept when it opened in the summer of 2015: A barbecue joint that was serious about its food, but not so serious about much else. Beer is served in cans. Cocktails are served in plastic cups. The food is delicious but not expensive. and you’re welcome to eat and leave but, if you want to linger over another beer (or three) and hear some live music, that’s great too.
“We have canned beer, almost like it’s out of a cooler, and we want it to feel like you’re at a cookout,” co-owner Brian Brittingham said shortly before Southbound Smokehouse’s soft opening July 13, 2015. “Nothing too crazy, nothing too fancy or crafty.”
Southbound Smokehouse’s concept was quick to catch on, not only with the Hill folk who loved that Brittingham and co-owner George Claussen decided to continue the tradition of great restaurants at the site of the former Le Café DuTeau and Crums on Central, but with everyone who liked good food and the jam band style of live music Claussen prefers with the concerts he organizes with Friends with Benefits.
So crowds turned out in droves for Southbound Smokehouse’s second anniversary party, which took place Wednesday, July 26, at the restaurant.
And it’s no wonder why the place was packed. In addition to the lure of their Almost Famous Wings, sandwiches like The Pimento Cheese Incident and, of course, the barbecue with all the fixins, this party featured a one-of-a-kind musical performance.
Todd Nance and Jerry Joseph, formerly of Widespread Panic, and John Neff, formerly of Drive-By Truckers, performed an acoustic set, much to the delight of the gathered crowd. There was birthday cake to be had and the party lasted well into the night.
Happy anniversary, Southbound Smokehouse, and here’s to many more.