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Restaurant buzz: A new backyard barbecue beer garden is set to open in the Museum District

Restaurant buzz: A new backyard barbecue beer garden is set to open in the Museum District

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The backyard site of U.S. Smith's, behind Museum District restaurant Lucille's. Photo by Sarah Rufca
Lucille's Houston, champagne, wine, November 2012
Picnic table troughs hold ice for chilling beer, wine or champagne.  Lucille's Houston/Flickr
Lucille's Houston, Christopher Williams
Chris Williams, chef/owner of Lucille's and U.S. Smith's Lucille's Houston/Flickr
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Lucille's Houston, champagne, wine, November 2012
Lucille's Houston, Christopher Williams

As if opening one popular restaurant concept in the Museum District wasn't enough, Chris Williams is ready to double up. In the spacious backyard behind Lucille's, Williams' relaxed, modern take on Southern cuisine, this week he is opening U.S. Smith's BBQ, Beer and Garden that will offer a new side to the restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

“U.S. Smith was my great-grandfather,” Williams says. “He owned a butcher shop, BBQ restaurant and a country store in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1935 through 1955 he was also the reigning BBQ artisan of his day. My grandmother used to tell me about him flying to New York City to compete in BBQ cook-offs in Madison Square Garden."

 The backyard restaurant will include a barbecue pit that's "large enough to smoke a whole pig." 

The backyard restaurant will include a barbecue pit that's "large enough to smoke a whole pig" as well as luxe picnic tables that include a central trough for beers (or wine or champagne) on ice, in addition to a bar, herb planters and Lucille's vegetable garden.

Southern barbecue favorites including 20-hour brisket, hamburgers, grilled oysters on the half shell and whole roasted corn are on the opening menu alongside fresh versions of favorites like gourmet hot dogs, collard green kimchi and fennel coleslaw. In addition to Smith's regular weekend schedule, Williams will also open the barbecue every other Sunday for a neighborhood cookout.

Now that's Southern hospitality.