UPDATE (December 29, 2018): Bantam + Biddy Replacement King Barbecue is Out at Avalon
Veteran Atlanta chefs and restaurateurs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, along with managing partner pitmaster Carey Wise, will open King Barbecue in Avalon on Tuesday, June 5.
King Barbecue, at4195 Avalon Blvd., will offer smoked meats in the “traditional vein of Georgia barbecue” alongside seasonal vegetable side dishes sourced from local farms for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.
“My interest in culinary arts and peasant cuisine are what attracted me to barbecue initially; I find its historical evolution very interesting,” Doty said in a press release Thursday.
“It was truly serendipitous that Lance and I met Carey and had the unique opportunity to bring his insider’s vision to fruition in such a great space at Avalon.”
Pitmaster and managing partner Carey Wise, who owns Southern Links BBQ and has worked at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Grand Champion BBQ in Atlanta.
At King Barbecue, Wise is working with a J&R Manufacturing smoker that is known for its fuel performance.
Pecan and oak woods produce a lighter flavored smoke, which he says allows him “to bring out the natural flavors of the meat rather than covering them up with thick, overpowering bark.”
King Barbecue’s menu features Southern-style barbecue including pulled pork, brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken, and turkey.
Each day of the week will also bring a rotating specialty meat and fresh, seasonal sides such as lady peas, butter beans, and corn. Side dish staples include mac & cheese, Brunswick stew, pit-baked beans and jalapeño cornbread.
Breakfast at King Barbecue features a limited number of Cathead cheddar biscuits with smoked meats and house-made condiments such as candied jalapeño jelly and apple butter offered in a grab-and-go format.
There are lunch specials daily, and brunch specials are on the menu each weekend.
Gluten-free gluten-free bread, meats, sides, cakes and pies at King Barbecue, will also be available.
Designed to resemble a chicken coop, the restaurant’s interior features wood furnishings, “barbecue art” and a red and gray color palette inspired by meat and smoke.
Counter service during lunch hours gives way to full service during dinner.
With a strong emphasis on frozen cocktails to complement Avalon’s open-carry environment and Atlanta’s scorching heat, King Barbecue’s beverage program also includes beer, wines by the glass and bottle and non-alcoholic beverages.
Local breweries will also be brought in for special events.
On June 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the new restaurant is participating in Avalon’s inaugural “Savor the Boulevard.”
Guests can dine al fresco on Avalon Boulevard while enjoying a prix-fixe four-course menu with beverage pairings. The event benefits the Giving Kitchen, a Georgia nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers in crisis.