Hot on the heels of our exclusive that Pitt Cue Co would be running a BBQ trailer under Hungerford Bridge on the South Bank for four months, launching on Friday, comes news that another barbecue joint is opening up in London - this time on Hoxton Square.
Red Dog Saloon will open in early June and is billing itself as 'the most authentic American BBQ restaurant in the capital'. That's fighting talk - particularly as it's not far from Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa - so what do they have to back up this claim? It's all in the pit apparently - the kitchen's hickory and mesquite-burning smoker, which was imported from the American BBQ Company and could be the only one in London (unless we hear otherwise).
The 84 cover restaurant is being designed by the people behind the utterly beautiful Galvin La Chapelle, and it sounds as though no American western theme has been left out of the mix with 'banquettes of dark wood and cracked leather, slowly moving fans, shuttered windows and walls covered in longhorns, water buffalo skulls and pictures of the railroads and the rodeo'.
On the menu, as you'd expect will be a whole heap of meat. The BBQ section will feature Boston Butt (a particularly southern American cut of pork), St Louis cut ribs, brisket, beef short rib and chicken. Burgers will be ground fresh every day from 100% chuck steak. There'll also be American style sandwiches on offer including pulled pork, burnt ends, ribs as well as Philly cheesesteak, chilli dawgs, mac cheese and clam chowder.
They expect to start with a soft launch from 23 May 2011 with discounted prices. We'll let you know as we hear more.
Red Dog Saloon, 37 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN