Boston Barbecue: Former Blue Ribbon Pit Man to Head New Joint in Boston
PigTrip has learned that Ruben Garza, best known as the former pit man of the West Newton Blue Ribbon and more recently a manager at the Arlington location, will be heading the kitchen at a new joint across from Boston Garden this April or May. Called The Causeway and located in the former Penalty Box space, it may not be strictly or solely a barbecue joint, but there will be a smoker.
This is exciting news—not just because there are so few smoked meat destinations in Boston proper, but also because Garza represents one of the city's unsung culinary talents. Whether on a garage-sized J&R smoker or the dishwasher-sized Cookshack, he's created breathtaking ribs for nearly two decades. Oh, and the best potato salad I've ever had.
Boston Barbecue: Causeway Opening Near
Although they missed the projected late April or early May opening, it now looks like "that barbecue joint across from the Garden" is within weeks of opening. The outside may be boarded, but the kitchen is outfitted with a J&R smoker and the interior decor (a mix of sports, spirits and rock & roll) is nearly complete. There are bars on the first and second floors, with roomy leather booths and banquettes making for a comfortable dining setting. Most of the walls are exposed brick.
Here's a quick and admittedly blurry look at what I found when I stumbled in.
Pitmaster Ruben Garza.
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