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Dorchester Is Getting a Large and ‘Elegant’ Barbecue Restaurant

Daisy Duke’s BBQ Pit and Royal hopes to open in July

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Daisy Duke’s will occupy this 4,600-square-foot space on Blue Hill Avenue
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Daisy Duke’s BBQ Pit and Royal hopes to open at 881 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester, right near the Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Restaurant Talk recently reported. Yesterday, partners Boris Sapozhnikov and Wayne King petitioned the Boston Licensing Board for a food and liquor license; today, the board approved the restaurant for a neighborhood-restricted full liquor license, according to John Connell, Daisy Duke’s lawyer. (Next up, ABCC approval, which can take about a month.)

Daisy Duke’s will have room for up to 240 customers, with 4,600 square feet of indoor space and a 400-square-foot seasonal patio. The menu will feature Southern-style barbecue, smoked in-house, but the partners told Universal Hub that they’ll also feature dishes like chateaubriand, burgers, and some vegetarian options — they’re going for “elegance” (and will likely remove the space’s existing waterfall mural and ceramic lion before opening).

The barbecue focus seems promising as the team has “hired a couple of workers away,” as Universal Hub puts it, from the Pit Stop a mile away in Mattapan. It’s one of the best barbecue joints in town.

The restaurant’s proposed hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (10 p.m. for the patio). “The applicant wants to be the premier breakfast, lunch, and dinner sit-down restaurant in this area of Dorchester and Mattapan, [which] has very few sit-down restaurants offering three meals a day,” Connell told Eater via email. “While the restaurant will initially specialize in barbecue, it will also serve modern American-style dishes and, more importantly, it will listen to the neighborhood and its patrons as it gets going to evolve, hopefully, into what this diverse neighborhood wants on the menu from a local sit-down venue.”

As the partners told Universal Hub, the restaurant might also specialize in after-church meals on Sundays, giving members of nearby churches specific dining times and discounts.

Daisy Duke’s BBQ Pit and Royal Plans to Open in Dorchester [BRT]
Pair Hope to Open Elegant New Restaurant on Blue Hill Avenue in a Few Weeks [UH]