Lampert's Plush Pig Barbecue (2811 South McKnight Road, Rock Hill; 314-961-8888)
Plush Pig owner Larry Lampert, in happier times.
has closed. Sauce
the news, which owner Larry Lampert
announced this weekend, blaming an increase in rent.
According to the message quoted in the Sauce
report, Lampert is looking for a new location.
A sign on the Plush Pig's front door states only that the restaurant has lost its lease and is closed. The space is mostly cleared out, save for a few tables and miscellaneous pieces of equipment (and, oddly, a queen- or king-sized mattress).
The Plush Pig originally opened in Clayton in 2005. The restaurant closed that location in late 2009 and then opened the following year in "that nasty little strip center," to quote the Plush Pig's own website
, in Rock Hill.