Let’s go for True BBQ and Whiskey Bar in downtown Griffith.
The modern barbecue restaurant, which opened in Munster in 2014 and expanded into downtown Crown Point last year, plans to move into the former Twincade space at 106 N. Broad St. in Griffith town center. The popular arcade bar on the prominent corner of Main and Broad streets in downtown Griffith has closed for good after falling victim to the coronavirus pandemic last year.
Progressive Dining Group, which owns True BBQ, Bullpen Luxury Bar & Grill, Gino’s Steakhouse and The Links in Schererville, plans to open a 100-seat barbecue restaurant in downtown Griffith. He will employ about twenty of them.
“We’ve really seen the benefits of Crown Point’s downtown footprint,” said partner Matt Doran. “There’s the foot traffic and the feeling of community. If there’s a wait, people don’t mind going to another facility until they’re called. It’s convenient for us and for them.”
The restaurant group sees downtown Griffith as a destination.
“It’s good to be downtown with all the festivals,” Doran said. “This is a good location in downtown Griffith. I feel that what the city center needs is more restaurants. But we have found that people are traveling to get to the center. -ville and make it a night out. “
Griffith True BBQ will have the same menu as other locations, including back ribs, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked turkey breast, smoked rib tips, smoked pork shoulder, smoked half-chicken, smoked andouille, smoked corned beef, smoked brisket and smoked pork belly.
It will also feature appetizers, salads, steaks, and entrees including andouille and shrimp penne, fried chicken, and cedar plank grilled salmon with whiskey.
“It’s a good concept,” Doran said. “We are trying to mix more vegan options and specialties so that vegans and vegetarians feel welcome in our establishments and do not have to order sides.”
True BBQ will offer craft beer, as well as a wide range of domestic and imported whiskeys. It will also serve handcrafted cocktails like Nakatomi Plaza, which blends Japanese whiskey Suntory Toki with San Pellegrino Limonata and Sage Against The Machine, which combines Copper & Kings American Gin, simple homemade sage syrup, blackberry and lime.
Griffith’s location will host occasional special events like those at Crown Point, which recently had a tiki pop-up bar serving specialty cocktails.
The goal is to open the True BBQ and Whiskey Bar in Griffith in early 2022.