Joseph Evans and his family have prepared fresh barbecue for takeout from their True BBQ Socastee location for close to two years but now plans are in the works to expand into a second location that will allow dine-in service.
The second True BBQ location is expected to open by September in Myrtle Beach at 364 Robert Grissom Parkway at Pine Island Road, near Coastal Grand mall. The 6,400-square-foot building has been home to several restaurants in the past including Pomodoro’s most recently Smitty’s Pine Island Pub.
“We believe the location is perfect for our product,” Evans said. “It’s a beautiful building that gears up for barbecue.”
He said the location close to the mall is a plus. There is plenty of parking and Evans said his goal is to offer diners an opportunity to sit down, relax and enjoy a nice meal with family and a customer-friendly staff. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, allowing plenty of down time to prepare the barbecue, which is dry-rubbed, marinated for 24 hours and slow smoked over a long period of time to ensure the best flavor.
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The restaurant seats about 200 and will be operated by Evans, his wife, Sheila, and two daughters, Leah Evans and Tanika Thomas, who already help operate the location at 4002 Socastee Boulevard. The Myrtle Beach natives draw from a long history in the restaurant and snack bar industry. Evans at one time operated Dot’s Seafood Shack, also in the Socastee area.
The menu at True BBQ will include a list of in-house prepared sauces; both mild and hot vinaigrette, mustard sauce, sweet sauce and Evan’s own creation - the True Daddy sauce. In addition to freshly prepared barbecue, the menu will offer beef brisket, St. Louis-style ribs and pulled chicken and pork.
True BBQ also offers bulk orders for pickup or delivery for a catered event. Call 267-1787.