A second location of westside barbecue joint Das BBQ could open as soon as November in the space previously occupied by self-service taproom the Harp on Memorial Drive in Grant Park. Das BBQ, owned by pitmaster Stephen Franklin, opened three years ago along Collier Road on the edge of the Underwood Hills neighborhood in northwest Atlanta.
Franklin told Eater in an email the Grant Park restaurant will feature 50 percent more seating (50 seats inside and 75 seats on the patio,) a larger smokehouse, and a full bar. The Collier Road location only serves beer and wine.
Das BBQ offers seven barrel-smoked meats on its menu, including brisket and pulled pork by the pound, sausage by the link, and pork ribs by the rack, along with sandwiches and plates with traditional barbecue sides.
“My uncle is currently welding 3 commercial barrel smokers (we use repurposed and recycled commercial propane tanks to custom-build our barrel smokers.) We’ll be smoking the majority of our meats on those,” Franklin said.
When asked whether he is concerned about competing with beloved barbecue restaurant Daddy D’z just down the block from the new Das BBQ, Franklin said he “genuinely loves” all of his “barbecue peers” and is “grateful to add to the variety of such a unique cuisine.”
A second location on the east side of Atlanta has always been in the cards ever since the barbecue business was founded five years ago. Franklin said he was drawn to Grant Park due to the preserved green spaces in the area and this particular property’s proximity to major Atlanta landmarks, such as Oakland Cemetery, the Carter Center, and the state Capitol building.
The Collier Road restaurant is currently open for dine-in service and takeout. Masks are required inside the restaurant.
According to a report by What Now Atlanta earlier this summer, the Harp was apparently repossessed in June by Pellerin Real Estate after owners Jarrett Gray and Joy Gray Prince failed to pay rent owed on the property dating as far back as January of this year.
The taproom and restaurant opened in the old Harp Transmission building in January. At nearly 3,000 square feet, the Harp could seat up to 300 people between its dining room and two generously sized patios. The self-service taproom included 30 beers and 10 wines on tap purchased and tracked via an RFID-enabled bracelet.