Beloved D.C. barbecue joint Federalist Pig will open a second location in Hyattsville.
The Adams Morgan restaurant is expanding to a 2,500-square-foot space that once housed The Tire Place until earlier this year at 5504 Baltimore Ave.
The location will be just across the street from the Shoppes at Arts District Hyattsville, home to Busboys and Poets, Tara Thai and Elevation Burger, and will likely be a major draw for the area’s already diverse restaurant scene.
It’s also a huge get. Federalist Pig is often ranked among the area’s best barbecue restaurants and even got a shout-out on “House of Cards.” Its menu draws on traditions from around the world, all sides are vegetarian and food allergies are respected.
Owner Steve Salis told the Washingtonian the restaurant will have bar service, a large outdoor patio and a more upgraded look than the distressed corrugated metal at its other location.
It will also have two large wood-fired smokers, dramatically increasing Federalist Pig’s catering operation and allowing both restaurants to stay open later. (The restaurant often runs out of smoked meat by 7:30 p.m.)
Pitmaster Rob Sonderman told Eater D.C. that he’s planning to experiment with the menu, especially trying different combinations of woods, since he’s been limited to a gas-assisted smokers to now.
“I feel like you guys haven’t really seen anything yet in terms of what we can deliver for food and service,” he said.
Federalist Pig is expected to open late this year or early next year.