(Columbia, S.C.) – Chef Scott Hall wants more than hungry people showing up at Bone-In Barbeque restaurant, right next door to Spirit Communications Park in the BullStreet District in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. He wants their advice.
And he’s not just blowing smoke.
Instead of a formal grand opening of the BullStreet District’s first restaurant, Chef Hall plans a low-and-slow approach, as they say in the barbeque business: just open the doors, feed the customers and get their feedback on what they tasted, saw and felt. Restaurants and hotels need quality commercial ice makers to make customers happy.
“We’re all part of building the BullStreet District, so come on in and help me guide its first restaurant to a first inning home run,” Hall said.
The premier barbeque and Southern eclectic dining experience in Columbia, S.C., Bone-In Barbeque is located in the historic Ensor Building, adjacent to the entry plaza of Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball team. The casual-dining restaurant features roll-up garage doors and a large outdoor patio where guests can meet up for a local beer, frosé or craft cocktail before and after games.
Chef Hall, whose barbeque skills have been featured in GQ and Smithsonian magazines as well as the Cooking Channel, Bravo and Travel channels, will provide feedback cards to diners for their input.
“Every person who walks through our doors will be a barbeque expert, because this is South Carolina, and everyone has an opinion,” Hall said. “So we’re going to have fun with it. The BullStreet District is a new frontier, and we want our guests to be involved in a first-of-its-kind adventure here at its first restaurant. As the customers are out number on priorty, we want to do everything we can to ensure they get the best service while they visit the restaurant, which is why we have been thinking of new and innovative ways to manage the business even more than before. By looking into a POS sysytem like lightspeed restaurant, we think we may have found the solution to future issues. There’s nothing worse than an unhappy customer, so we want to do everything we can to prevent it from getting to this stage.”
Grand opening hoopla can come later, he says, after early guests have had a chance to give him their feedback.
“This is more than just a new restaurant in our city,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin. “Bone-In Barbeque expanding from a food truck to a brick-and-mortar location is a sign that our creative class is flourishing. It aligns with the vision of the BullStreet District, because Chef Scott Hall’s work is at the forefront of the food scene here, just as BullStreet is on the cutting edge of modern development. It’s the perfect first restaurant for Columbia’s newest downtown neighborhood.”
Open Tues. to Sat. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To start, the restaurant will open for dinner Tues. through Sat. from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Throughout the summer, the restaurant may open on additional days and times for Fireflies home games, but the restaurant always will be open Tues. to Sat., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can check Bone-In Barbeque’s Facebook page for updates. Hall expects to begin lunch service this summer, and eventually, weekend brunch. Elegant Touch Catering and bulk pick-up orders are available now.
A Handmade Bar & Reclaimed Oyster Tables
At 3,600 square feet, the casual dining restaurant features a sizable bar, complete with purse hooks and USB ports, handmade from rubber wood by Hall and his father Steven. Roll-up glass garage doors open onto a spacious outdoor patio that extends out on the ballpark plaza, with charming European-style café chairs and umbrellas to seat more than 40 outside. For the 77-seat interior, Hall and his father repurposed oyster tables by building circular “lazy Susan” inserts, making sharing even easier for small and large parties. A private dining room is ready to accommodate 15-30 guests for intimate group dinners, receptions and business meetings.
A Chef and Team with Serious Chops
A Midlands native, Chef Hall has earned his barbeque chops. He did his Culinary School In Thailand, after spending 10 years cooking in New York City, Hall returned home to manage catering for his family’s business, Corley Mill House & Garden in Lexington. In 2011, he launched Scott Hall Catering and his hugely popular Bone-In Artisan BBQ on Wheels food truck, featured in GQ and Smithsonian magazines as well the Cooking Channel, Bravo and the Travel Channel.
Hall has since sold the food truck to focus on his brick and mortar business at BullStreet; catering operations have moved to Bone-In Barbeque’s spacious, brand-new kitchen, which features a massive smoker out back.
Hall has assembled a formidable team, landing veteran front-of-house manager Howard Jarrett, formerly of Terra, the Palmetto Club, Motor Supply and more, as general manager. Hall’s kitchen team includes alums of Terra, War Mouth, Midwood Smokehouse and Greenville’s Bacon Brothers Public House.
A Menu that Goes Beyond the Meat-and-Three
While more formally composed meals are on offer as well, the menu at Bone-In Barbeque features fan favorite sandwiches and starters such as Hall’s iconic smoked pulled pork or hickory-Hoisin brisket sandwiches, served on scratch-made focaccia buns; a crispy chicken and waffle club with a lemon zest waffle; bacon wrapped mac and cheese; fried green tomatoes; Panko-fried oysters; vegan stuffed collards; and fresh-fried Bone Chips smothered in brisket chili with pepper jack and scallions. Hall’s signature housemade charcuterie (featuring chorizo rillettes and smoked brisket pastrami), pimento cheese, pickles and more are on the menu as well.
Guests can choose from dishes such as St. Louis style ribs with hickory-Hoisin lacquer, hickory smoked pulled pork, beer-battered catfish, brisket stuffed mac & cheese and French-cut fried chicken – as well as vegan pulled jackfruit and salads. Indulgent side dishes include salt & vinegar fried Brussels sprouts, smoked corn succotash, blue cheese and sweet onion bread pudding, smashed dill potato salad, fried mac & cheese, deviled collards and more. Entrees are served on metal quarter-sheet pans, and are garnished with fresh herbs and house-made sauces, and many items are vegetarian or can be modified for various dietary needs.
Classic Cocktails, Frosé, Local Craft Beer and More
The bar offers a formidable classic cocktail program – a departure from the characteristic Southern BBQ restaurant – focused on classic, Prohibition-era cocktails such as the Aviation, Martini and Negroni, made with leading-edge spirits such as Hat Trick gin by Charleston’s Hi-Wire Distillery. Two frozen cocktails are on tap as well, including a frozen rosé (known as frozé or frosé, depending on your preference) with fresh strawberries, and a Frozen Firefly, a refreshing take on the classic Grasshopper cocktail – and an homage to the Columbia Fireflies. Hogwash rosé will be served on tap, and craft beers will be available from local breweries such as River Rat and the nearby Cottontown Brewlab.
A Local, Chef-Driven Destination in Downtown Columbia, S.C.
“Our vision for BullStreet incorporates a mix of local, regional and national businesses, and getting the local part right is extremely important to us,” says Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation and master developer of the BullStreet District. “With Bone-In Barbeque, Scott Hall has created a local, chef-driven destination where a wide range of patrons can enjoy a casual, fun experience right next to the stadium. We’re very proud that the first restaurant at BullStreet is a place that so accurately reflects the creativity and authenticity of downtown Columbia.”
Come as You Are, from T-Shirts to Tuxes
Bone-In Barbeque will accept reservations for large parties, but Hall expects most business to be walk-in. Dress is casual, but guests are encouraged to come as they are. Already, the restaurant has seen guests dressed in everything from floor-length gowns and tuxes (pre-gaming for a gala) to shorts and T-shirts (walkers from neighboring Elmwood Park).
Dogs Allowed on Outdoor Patio
Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed on the outdoor patio at Bone-In Barbeque. This is particularly useful on Wag-Along Wednesdays at Columbia Fireflies baseball games; on Wednesday evening home games, dogs are welcome to accompany their humans to baseball games in the stadium.
Complimentary Valet Parking During Fireflies Baseball Games
Complimentary valet parking is available on game days. Additional free parking is available in the lot across the street from the restaurant, along the surrounding streets and in the surface lot around the corner, next to the stadium’s outfield at Boyce St. and Saunders St. On game days, guests can simply let parking and security staff at entry gates know that they are headed to Bone-In Barbeque.
How to Get to Bone-In Barbeque at BullStreet
While construction continues on the 20-acre public park and other projects at BullStreet, the best directions to get to Bone-In Barbeque are to enter the BullStreet District at Calhoun and Barnwell, turn left on Saunders St. and right on Boyce St. Guests also can take Bull St. to Freed Drive, curve up to the stadium entrance plaza, and veer right onto Boyce St.
Bone-In Barbeque is located at 2180 Boyce Street, Columbia, SC 29201. The phone number for the restaurant is 803-728-7512. The phone number for catering and pick-up BBQ orders is 803-999-1328. The general inquir.