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Barbecue Is Coming to Belmont This Week

Tony G's is opening on Wednesday.

The interior at 289 Belmont St. when it housed Gustazo Cuban Restaurant
The interior at 289 Belmont St. when it housed Gustazo Cuban Restaurant

The Boston area is getting another option for barbecue on July 8, the date Tony G's Barbecue is slated to open in Belmont. Boston Restaurant Talk reported the news via the Belmont Citizen-Herald.

Tony G's has been in the works since last fall. The Belmontonian wrote about the venture in October, noting owner Saisrat Wyckoff is also involved in Pho & Thai in Waverly Square — and was involved with the former Cambridge outpost of Montien, which shuttered in 2009. Tony G's is opening on the corner of School and Belmont streets at 289 Belmont St., which was the original location of Gustazo Cuban Restaurant and Cafe before it moved to Waltham last year.

The location sustained damage to its sewage system during a large fire on the block in April, the Boston Globe reported. At the time, WCVB noted the soon-to-open restaurant had undergone "a major renovation," but the article does not indicate what has been updated.

The new barbecue spot will offer take-out and catering services, in addition to 14 seats, according to The Belmontonian. A menu highlight for the Citizen-Herald reporter is Crazy Corn, corn-on-the-cob slathered in ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, topped with Parmesan cheese.

Last fall, The Belmontonian shared Tony G's example menu, including dishes like braised beef shot rib, Memphis dry-rubbed ribs, and Kansas City burnt ends. The online news source also said all the food will be prepared in an oven and on a range, "no deep frying or grilling." But in the Citizen-Herald's preview on Facebook, an image shows a chef at a grill.

Boston isn't known for its barbecue scene, but the Hub has several restaurants centered on the cuisine that you should try this summer.

In other barbecue news, Smoke Shop is coming to Kendall Square this fall from once-and-future barbecue purveyor, Andy Husbands (Tremont 647, Sister Sorel); and chef Nookie Postal (Commonwealth) has started selling his Steinbones sauce in anticipation of opening that barbecue shop in the Boston area at some point.