King Barbecue, the latest venture from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, is set to open June 5 at Avalon mixed-use development in Alpharetta.
It replaces the Avalon location of Bantam + Biddy, Doty’s casual Southern chicken restaurants. Doty and Gummere also own The Federal in Midtown.
The move follows the similar fate of Bantam + Biddy at Lenox Square, which Doty and Gummere quietly transformed in January with another new concept, ATL Taco.
The eatery features a wide selection of 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. “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.”
Managing partner and pit master Carey Wise, who owns Southern Links BBQ and has worked at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Grand Champion BBQ in Atlanta is also on board at King. Wise will work with a J&R Manufacturing smoker and will use pecan and oak woods, which produce a lighter flavored smoke.
The 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 seasonal sides such as lady peas, butter beans and corn. Side dish staples will include mac and cheese, Brunswick stew, pit-baked beans and jalapeño cornbread.
Breakfast offerings will include 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.
There will also be several gluten-free options including bread, meats, sides, cakes and pies.
On the beverage side, look for frozen cocktails to complement Avalon’s open-carry environment as well as beer, wines by the glass and bottle and non-alcoholic beverages. Local breweries will also be brought in for special events.
Designed to resemble a chicken coop, the restaurant’s interior features wood furnishings, traditional 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.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. June 10King Barbecue will participate in Avalon’s inaugural “Savor the Boulevard,” where customers can dine al fresco on Avalon Boulevard with a prix-fixe four-course menu and beverage pairings to benefit the Giving Kitchen, a Georgia nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers in crisis. Tickets are available here.
King Barbecue will be open from 10:30 a.m.-9p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, along with extended bar hours.
The eatery is one of several new or upcoming barbecue restaurants from local chefs who made their names with cuisines outside of barbecue.
Avalon, 4195 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 678-248-5159, kingbarbecueatl.com.
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