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BBQ Bus Smokehouse Rolls Into D.C. This July

The six-year-old food truck is setting up shop in Brightwood

Six years after dishing out barbecue on local streets, veteran food truck BBQ Bus is opening it’s first brick-and-mortar location next week in Brightwood.

The 900-square-foot BBQ Bus Smokehouse at 5830 Georgia Avenue NW, which is scheduled to debut Friday, July 7, plans to continue with many of the familiar food truck offerings including smoky pulled pork and spicy chicken, as well as sides like fire-roasted corn and chorizo mac and cheese. Picnic plates range from hefty three-meat medleys to pork and beans.

Delivery, catering, and carry-out are also big parts of new location, which will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This week, co-owners Che and Tadd Ruddell-Tabisola invited a couple hundred guests —- including friends, family, and fellow food truck supporters — to preview the new digs.

The space was largely turnkey, featuring a large brick wall and open kitchen. The team resurfaced the counter with reclaimed wood, added photos of its D.C. food truck family, and is working on adding a green wall. A deli case showcases to-go quarts of potato salad and racks of ribs.

Stay tuned later this summer for chicken pot pie Fridays, featuring the titular bird, biscuits, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

The food truck, which started in 2011, will remain fully functional and continue to roll around town. Today it’s parked at the Capitol South Metro and plans to dish out large Fourth of July specials.

Status: Opening July 7; 5830 Georgia Avenue NW; website.

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