‘Randall’s Barbecue’ Gears up for Springtime Debut on Grand Street
The Seward Park environs will soon welcome its first barbecue joint. Randall’s Barbecue is on the precipice of opening a new restaurant in the Grand Street retail strip.
The first semblance of its arrival now sits in the windows as teaser signage. Get ready, folks, for more congestion at the corner of Grand and Essex Streets.
Proprietor Jared Male, a pit-master veteran of both Hill Country and Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, plans to furnish 359 Grand Street with five tables and thirty-two seats. Plus bar seating for twelve. A four-table sidewalk cafe is also part of the plan. Community Board 3 approved the proposal last summer, which includes a full liquor license, despite 4 OPs within 500 feet. However, the lease on the Grand Street space wasn’t reportedly signed until December.
“I chose this location because of my familiarity, since I used to rent a kitchen nearby on Ludlow Street and served barbecue at the Hester Street Fair, and because I view the immediate area around the storefront as underserved in terms of dining options,” ownership previously told us. “I’m hoping to become a neighborhood staple.”
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.”
It should open sometime in May.
It's already been a long journey to get here, but as of today a lease is officially signed! It may not look like much…
As a post-script, CB3 provided the following reasoning for backing the addition of another liquor license here when there are already four within 500 feet:
Community Board 3 is approving this application for a full on-premises liquor license although this location is in an area with four (4) full on-premises liquor licenses within five hundred (500) feet of this location because 1) this location is physically isolated from residential buildings, with no buildings on the same side of the block or behind this business and a residential complex set back from the opposite side of the street, 2) there is no barbeque restaurant in the immediate area, and 3) although six (6) residents of the immediate area submitted letters in opposition to this application, the applicant has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Seward Park Around Canal East Block Association regarding its method of operation, including earlier weekday closing hours and furnished one hundred seventy (170) signatures from residents of the immediate area in support of its application.