‘Randall’s Barbecue’ Takes a Foothold in Seward Park
Shalom Chai pizzeria is three years in the grave, but its former Grand Street headquarters might soon go traif. From kosher dairy to barbecue, in fact.
You’ll recall that the landlord of 359 Grand Street, the Seward Park Co-op, evicted the business in May 2014. That’s when first-timer Nathan Sklar signed a fifteen-year lease to impart a Mediterranean kosher (vegetarian) follow-up called Tables on Grand. Those plans didn’t quite work out, either, and the space remained without commerce until now.
Randall’s Barbecue is currently angling to take over the commercial real estate after the last three years of relative dormancy. Proprietor Jared Male, a pit-master veteran of both Hill Country and Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, will make his case before Community Board 3 later this month for a full liquor license.
According to the application materials submitted, Randall’s Barbecue plans to furnish 359 Grand Street with five tables and thirty-two seats. Plus bar seating for twelve. Hours sought are noon to 2am daily, with backyard seating until 10pm.
Randall’s Barbecue began as a Crown Heights pop-up back in 2013. It’s described as a “Barbecue and American regional cuisine destination with a relaxed vibe and comfortable setting.” The restaurant is a “marriage of [Male’s] passion, barbecue, and the food he grew up with.”
On the ground, meanwhile, the inside of 359 Grand Street remains untouched. The walls are still graced with the artwork of street artist Hanksy, who held his “Surplus Candy” VR show here in October 2016.
Expected menu below: