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Anticipated San Antonio barbecue restaurant finally opens after 2-year wait

Anticipated San Antonio barbecue restaurant opens after 2-year wait

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Classic Texas brisket is on the menu at Goodfire Pit BBQ. Photo by Emily Jaschke

The wait is finally over for the long-delayed Goodfire Pit BBQ, the latest project from the owners of Chacho’s. An employee confirms to CultureMap that the eatery discreetly debuted on January 21.

The restaurant, located on the former site of a Taco Cabana at 8629 Perrin Beitel Rd., has become one of San Antonio’s most anticipated restaurants after a series of Facebook posts in late 2016 promised it would open soon.

A lengthy build-out substantially delayed the project, but the spot is now operating with an accommodating patio and an interior that plays a soundtrack of exclusively Texas artists.

Goodfire specializes in traditional Texas like brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and turkey breast smoked in a custom pit. All can be ordered by the pound or as a topping for nachos or baked potatoes.

The sides stick to the classics with tried-and-true dishes like creamed corn, potato salad, cole slaw, and pinto beans. Baked goods like housemade bread, pies, and cakes round out the menu.

Unlike many barbecue joints, Goodfire doesn’t solely stick to beer in its beverage program. A full bar is available with frozen margaritas and a handful of other highball cocktails made with Texas spirits.

While the team gets a handle on demand, the restaurant is operating with limited hours Monday through Saturdays, starting at 11 am each day until sold out. According to the employee, Goodfire will be eventually be open daily from 6 am-midnight.