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Tex-Mex Barbecue Spot Opens in Downtown Roswell

Texican Barbecue replaces Chipper’s Pub on Atlanta Street, and birria tacos are on the menu

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A plate of pulled pork with a side of seasoned fries and cornbread from Texican Barbecue in Roswell, GA
Pulled pork platter
Texican Barbecue
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Tex-Mex barbecue spot Texican Barbecue has replaced Chipper’s Pub in downtown Roswell. Chipper’s opened last February on Atlanta Street serving a comfort food-driven menu that included meatloaf, fried chicken, and deviled eggs.

Terry “Chipper” Gronholm tells Eater Texican Barbecue is owned by the same group that backed Chipper’s Pub, Radioactive Restaurants LLC. Gronholm is still involved in the new restaurant venture.

“We had to consider what restaurant revenue streams were going to look like in the future. With the increase in takeout and delivery, we wanted to create a concept that would better fit the demands of restaurant consumers,” a press release indicates.

Radioactive Restaurants brought on chef Miguel Delgado to create the menu for Texican Barbecue, which Gronholm describes as “Tex-Mex fusion.” In addition to wings and barbecue platters and sandwiches, the menu also features an entire section dedicated to birria. Delgado was born in Baja, Mexico, and lived and worked in Los Angeles before moving to Atlanta.

Birria, a savory, chile-laden stew using goat meat, originates from the Mexican state of Jalisco. The dish eventually traveled north to Tijuana, becoming a street taco, and then to Los Angeles, where it rose even further in popularity. The Tijuana-style birria de res taco sees goat, lamb, and now beef slow cooked with chiles until the meat forms a brick-red stew that can be eaten as is or encased within a tortilla which has been dipped into the mixture and griddled.

While the restaurant is open, an official grand opening ceremony takes place on March 10.

In addition to Texican Barbecue, Gronholm says the group plans to open an outpost of Tyga Bites, the delivery-only chicken nugget restaurant backed by rapper Tyga, in Roswell this week. The Tyga Bites menu offers a selection of chicken bites seasoned with black garlic, lemon black pepper, or peri-peri and 12 sauce options, along with sides like sweet potato Tyga tots.

Texican Barbecue open Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open for dine-in service. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery. Masks highly encouraged.

Update, February 4, 12 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional comment from Radioactive Restaurants regarding the reason for the restaurant change.

659 South Atlanta Street, Roswell.