Big news for barbecue lovers and the legions of BEAST Craft BBQ (20 S. Belt West, Belleville, IL; 618-257-9000) fans who've lamented the trip east for a taste of its killer food: The acclaimed Belleville smokehouse will open a second location, this time in the Show Me State — and it's pitmaster David Sandusky's most ambitious project yet.
The new restaurant, BEAST Butcher & Block, is slated to open late this summer at 4156 Manchester Avenue in the Grove. As Sandusky explains, the new location will have the soul of the original BEAST, but will take that as a jumping-off point for a much grander concept."This is not going to be a carbon copy," says Sandusky. "Meggan [his wife and business partner] and I will be taking a few of the core elements from BEAST — there will be the pork steak, the Brussels sprouts, the Compart Farms pork and Wagyu beef — but we are going to add a few things and do things slightly differently."
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