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New barbecue joint ships brisket and more into Southtown hot spot

New barbecue joint ships brisket and more into Southtown hot spot

Freight Gallery San Antonio
Bandit BBQ will move into Freight in early 2020. Freight Gallery & Studios/Facebook

Those saddened by the closure of Kimura's Southtown location will soon have something new on their plates. Freight Gallery & Studios has announced that Bandit BBQ will take over the vacated space at 1913 S. Flores St. early next year.

Owner Brandon Peterson tells CultureMap that he plans to open the concept by late January or early February of 2020.

The menu will include a variety of smoked meats, including brisket, and Southern-style sides, but Bandit will also sneak in a few surprises. Breakfast options will include tacos and biscuit sandwiches, and the lunch offerings will go beyond traditional Texas barbecue plates.

“We’ll have some fun things like a Texa-Cali burrito, which is brisket, fries, guacamole, and cheese,” explains Peterson.

That dish is a reflection of the pitmaster’s background. Raised near Lubbock, he spent 15 years in San Diego, where he ran a barbecue catering company for the last six years.

Bandit will operate at Freight next to Gold Coffee, the popular shop opened in January 2019 by Jason Tantaros. Working alongside Tantaros was part of the appeal for Peterson.

“I got the chance to open the restaurant here next to my best friend ... and couldn’t pass it up,” says Peterson.

Bandit will be open for breakfast and lunch, but fans will want to queue up sooner than later. In true Texas style, the spot will only be open each day until it sells out.