James Beard Award-Winning Chef Opening Rodney Scott’s BBQ in the MET

South Carolina pit-master will bring his newest barbecue joint to Atlanta’s Southside in spring 2020.
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Charleston-based pitmaster Rodney Scott next year will open Rodney Scott’s BBQ at the MET, Developer Carter Tuesday announced in a press release.

It will be the third location for the South Carolina-style whole-hog barbecue joint, and is slated to open in the Southwest Atlanta development in spring 2020.

“Southwest Atlanta is a place rich in African-American business leadership, and we’re confident this is the perfect place for the third location of Rodney Scott’s BBQ,” Scott said in the release.

“Atlanta is a big stage and I’m excited to bring our style of whole-hog barbecue to the Adair Park and West End neighborhoods.”

Rodney and his team—including partner Nick Pihakis, former CEO of Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ—will operate the restaurant at the MET, a 1.1 million-square-foot property adjacent to the West End MARTA station and situated between Murphy Avenue and Metropolitan Parkway.

“Scott’s passion for cooking whole-hog barbecue began at the age of 11 and grew as he worked at his family’s Hemingway, S.C., barbecue restaurant for 25 years,” according to the release.

In 2017, Scott opened the first Rodney Scott’s BBQ location in the North Central neighborhood of Charleston. 

That same year, the restaurant was named one the 50 Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit Magazine and in 2018, Scott was named the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Southeast. 

This year, Rodney Scott’s BBQ expanded with the opening of its second location in Birmingham, Ala.

Meet at MET, an event hosted at the development on September 29 and planned in conjunction with Atlanta Streets Alive, will offer a taste of Rodney’s whole-hog barbecue.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.

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