Penn Quarter's Hill Country just started throwing outdoor barbecue bashes this month at the National Building Museum, and now The Washington Business Journal reports that the barbecue restaurant was issued a permit to host food and beverage tents in a fenced outdoor venue near Nationals Park at 101 Tingey St. SE.
Will Hill Country's new project in Capitol Riverfront be similar to their Backyard Barbecue events? That's the plan, but this is all still in the very preliminary stages. Eater spoke with John Shaw, operating partner and chief operating officer of Hill Country Hospitality, who said that while the company is excited about the area's potential, the team at Hill Country has just started the permitting process and working on feasibility studies. When the pop-up will begin — or if it will happen at all — is still up in the air. "We don't yet know if it will happen this year or next season," Shaw said.
If the Capitol Riverfront pop-up does move forward, expect it to be in the same vein as Hill Country's current outdoor events, with a few modifications to the menu and the event's branding. — Adele Chapin
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