COURTESY ST. ROCH MARKET/GABRIELLE GEISELMAN
Brüggers Barbecüe opens at St. Roch Market on Sept. 16.
Less than two months after Damian Brugger’s abrupt departure from Central City’s Black Label Icehouse
(3000 Dryades St., 504-875-2876), the pit-master known for Texas style-brisket and ribs is getting a new home at St. Roch Market (2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813). Brüggers Barbecüe
opens Sept 16, in the spot formerly occupied by Dirty Dishes
, which left the market earlier this month.
Brugger, who hails from Texas, amassed a local following over the years at his barbecue pop-ups at Ms. Mae’s and Barrel Proof. After getting forced out of the Dryades Street smokehouse he helped open in July 2015, Brugger returned to his roots, popping up outside Barrel Proof, Courtyard Brewery and Mid-City watering hole SideBar before signing on to the St. Roch gig.
“I’m just happy to be back in business doing what I love doing,” Brugger says, adding that he’ll smoke meats onsite in a covered area behind the market building.
Diners can expect a spread similar to what Brugger has served in the past. “It will be the same smorgasbord of smoked meats,” Brugger says. “Brisket is my thing, so that will always be on the menu.” There also will be pulled pork, smoked chicken, turkey and homemade sausage in a number of plate and sandwich options, plus several sides. Guests will be able to eat at the market or take out pint and quart-sized containers of barbecue to go.
Because the stalls at the market adhere to the same hours — 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends — Brugger will serve a selection of breakfast barbecue dishes as well. The menu is still being finalized, but he says it might include pulled pork and waffles and maybe a barbecue-style breakfast burrito.
On Sept. 12, Brugger is teaming up with Company Burger’s Adam Biderman for a one night only pop up called “Company Brugger,” where diners can expect a mash-up of both barbecue and burgers.
For more information, visit the Brüggers Barbecüe Facebook page here.