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Rob Sonderman OUT, Shawn McWhirter IN at DCity Smokehouse

Major changes for the barbecue destination.

Shawn McWirter
Shawn McWirter
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

DCity Smokehouse is losing its founding pitmaster and gaining a new one.

Robert Sonderman is leaving the barbecue place, and he's being replaced by Shawn McWhirter, the restaurant announced this morning. McWhirter is a veteran of Hill Country and has worked behind the smoker at DCity since the beginning.

The move comes at a time of transition for DCity Smokehouse, thought by some to have the city's best barbecue. The restaurant has closed its original location and will soon be moving to larger digs. In the meantime, they're serving barbecue at sister bar Wicked Bloom. The new location at 203 2nd St. NW will open this spring.

Sonderman, for his part, has not yet announced his next project.