The Pit BBQ Grille to Open Second Location this Spring

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Columbus is doubling up on locations of The Pit BBQ Grille, the second one coming to Parsons Avenue — and with a full bar — this spring. 

The Pit first opened up at 3545 Cleveland Ave. in 2016, following that up with the debut of their food truck a year later. This second location is at 1542 Parsons Ave., between the fire station and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a spot that co-owner D’Andre Martin says keeps them centralized in the community they serve.

“With our first location, we wanted to be part of the community, and we feel Parsons has the same feeling, being part of the community that supports you,” Martin says. “It’s an up and coming area, and to be a part of that movement — we think we’re coming in at the perfect time.”

Martin and co-owners Chimdi Chekwa, Bryant Browning and Mike Johnson signed the lease for the building back in November, immediately beginning construction that’s projected to continue until the end of April. The building itself was never a restaurant, entailing a build-out with all new equipment.

The Pit on Parsons is roughly 1,300 square feet and offers indoor and outdoor seating, with a garage door connecting the two spaces. Martin envisions a patio that feels much like a backyard barbecue, with a grill and smoker set up outside for guests to see the process their meats go through before they hit their plates.

The patio under construction.

Unlike The Pit on Cleveland Avenue, the new space will offer a full bar, broadening their customer base to include happy hour seekers and game day watchers.

“We can have more social events, people who are able to watch the games, relax after work,” he says. “Since we’re in the middle of the community, as people get off work, if they want to come unwind, they can have some good food, and they can have a beer or some wine.”

The food menu will be mostly identical to that of the original location, with the addition of some guest favorites from the food truck. Guests can look forward to The Pit Bowl, which offers the choice of base (fries, bread or cornbread), and is topped with mac and cheese, coleslaw, a choice of meat (pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken or jackfruit), and barbecue sauce.

The Pit has experienced rapid growth since the opening of its first brick and mortar in 2016. Their food truck is reserved for private events only and is kept busy all week and on the weekends, appearing at 15 weddings this year alone. 

Martin says they hope to continue with this growth with additional restaurants. They’re eyeing northern Columbus for their next location.

For more information, visit thepitcolumbus.com.

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