John Lewis of La Barbecue opening a restaurant in Charleston

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John Lewis is the pit master at La Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Photo by Laura Skelding, American-Statesman
John Lewis is the pit master at La Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Photo by Laura Skelding, American-Statesman

John Lewis is the pit master at La Barbecue in Austin, Texas. Photo by Laura Skelding, American-Statesman

La Barbecue pitmaster John Lewis plans to open a barbecue restaurant in Charleston, S.C. next April.

The ‘cue master says that South Carolina has a “great tradition of pork barbecue,” but that the area has room and need for more beef barbecue.

Lewis, who has been thinking about the idea for awhile, first went to South Carolina a couple of years ago. He loves the city of Charleston, which he visited in July for the South Carolina-Texas BBQ Invitational.

Lewis will continue to serve as cook-partner at the La Barbecue trailer in East Austin. He said he and his father are currently building a third pit for the top-rated barbecue trailer, which will allow for increased production. But Lewis will be spending the first few months of operation at the new South Carolina restaurant when it opens next spring. The not-yet-named restaurant will be located at 464 Nassau St. in Charleston’s upper peninsula.

“I’m very excited,” Lewis said about the new opportunity.


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