Barbecue Shop Riverside Smoke Opens Downtown
Barbecue shop Riverside Smoke has opened at the corner of 10th and Ellis streets. The restaurant planned a soft opening Wednesday and Thursday nights and will open for normal hours beginning Friday.
Riverside Smoke is the first full restaurant venture from Scott Gibbs and John Johnson, who founded the North Augusta-based food truck of the same name.
The duo has been honing their craft and serving it to Georgians since 2012, when they competed in Evans’ Banjo-B-Que and found enough success to feel confident buying a food trailer.
Six years later, they set out to create a dynamic local barbecue joint with a “Nashville flair” in the center of downtown.
“We’re trying to bring good, quality brisket to Augusta on a consistent basis,” Gibbs said. “And really, more important than anything, the fellowship. Barbecue’s a product that people enjoy together.”
The new restaurant seats around 75 people and has a fast-casual option for easy pick-up. The back of the restaurant has a full-service bar and an open room designed for live music and spacious seating.
While brisket and pork are Riverside Smoke’s specialty, they”ll serve a variety of other dishes influenced by Johnson’s and Gibbs’ Georgia-Carolina upbringing.
“We’re really proud of the place, excited to show everybody what we’ve been up to for the last six months,” Gibbs said.
Riverside Smoke is located at 302 10th Street.