A new barbecue place is on the way, and it won't be competing with the likes of local heavy-hitters Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse. Instead, the new restaurant going into the two-story place at Throckmorton and Maple in Oak Lawn (originally intended to house the relocation of Tex-Mex standby Herrera's) will be specializing in the kind of smoked meats made famous in another 'cue capital: Kansas City. Teresa Gubbins reported yesterday that a KC native who's been in the catering game for several years plans to open 18th & Vine Barbeque Restaurant this spring.
Often considered "the melting pot of barbecue," the Kansas City style can encompass all different types of proteins including brisket, pork ribs, and chicken; the delicacy known as burnt ends originated there. Gubbins says that in addition to KC-style barbecue, 18th & Vine will also feature "something they call 'BBQ small plates,'" plus both downstairs and upstairs bars with live music. Follow along with the restaurant's progress via its recently launched Facebook page.