If you've missed the barbecue at Grace Meat + Three over the past few weeks, you're in luck: The restaurant plans to open a a second walk-up window, Grace Backyard BBQ.
Located out of the restaurant's existing dining room in The Grove, the new walk-up window will operate in conjunction with the Grace Chicken + Fish window, which is located on the Tower Grove side of the building.
The St. Louis-style barbecue pop up and market will have its own sliding walk-up window located on the Manchester side of the Grace Meat + Three building. Customers can order in person or pick up orders placed ahead of time online.
The menu includes fried chicken, catfish and tofu with different sauces and garnishes.
Chef Rick Lewis, who co-owns Grace with his wife, Elisa, says the team saw a natural opportunity to extend their reach while their barbecue pit was idle and the dining room wasn't in use due to the COVID-19 crisis. The new venture will also create more job opportunities within the Grace restaurant family.
"When we presented this idea to our landlord, Mangrove Properties, they enthusiastically helped us execute the new concept faster than we could have ever imagined," Lewis said in a statement.
On the menu, expect to see St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork and smoked chicken, as well as a range of backyard barbecue-themed sides, including Tennessee pasta salad, pit beans and mustard potato salad. Grace Backyard BBQ will also offer some pantry staple items including Grace’s chicken flour, the restaurant's famous seasoning and cornbread mix, as well as raw meats and other essentials. Several prepared items, including breakfast sausage, bacon, family-style sides and take-and-bake dinner options, will also be on offer.
The couple will be donating 15 percent of profits from every Giving Grace plate sold to furloughed restaurant employees.
"Six weeks ago, our team quickly streamlined operations and focused on supporting each other and our community during this time of extreme adversity," Lewis said. "The community’s unwavering support has allowed us to keep our team employed and provide guests with much-needed respite of good food & hospitality."
Grace Backyard BBQ will be open Thursday through Sunday from 4 to 8pm or until sold out.
Grace Backyard BBQ (located inside Grace Meat + Three), 4270 Manchester Ave., The Grove, St. Louis, Missouri, ordergracebbq.com