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King Barbecue to Open at Avalon on June 5

Mandy Dish
King Barbecue to Open at Avalon on June 5

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Melissa Libby & Associates



New Restaurant from Chefs Shaun Doty, Lance Gummere and Carey Wise Brings Wood-Smoked Meats and Southern Hospitality to Luxury Mixed-Use Development in Heart of Alpharetta

ATLANTA (May 31, 2018) – On Tuesday, June 5, veteran Atlanta chefs and restaurateurs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, along with managing partner pit master Carey Wise, are bringing King Barbecue to Avalon diners. King Barbecue features a wide selection of smoked meats in the traditional vein of Georgia barbecue alongside seasonal vegetable side dishes sourced from local farms for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch.

My interest in culinary arts and peasant cuisine are what attracted me to barbecue initially; I find its historical evolution very interesting,” says Doty. “It was truly serendipitous that Lance and I met Carey and had the unique opportunity to bring his insider’s vision to fruition in such a great space at Avalon.”

Pit master and managing partner Carey Wise, who owns Southern Links BBQ and has worked at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Grand Champion BBQ in Atlanta, combines his extensive barbecue experience with a butchering and fine dining background to execute the best barbecue methods from all over the South using the highest quality techniques.

At King Barbecue, Wise is working with a J&R Manufacturing smoker that is famed for its solid fuel performance and used by the country’s top pit masters. Pecan and oak woods produce a lighter flavored smoke, which he says allows him “to bring out the natural flavors of the meat rather than covering them up with thick, overpowering bark.”

King Barbecue’s menu features Southern-style barbecue including pulled pork, brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken and turkey. Each day of the week will also bring a rotating specialty meat and fresh, seasonal sides such as lady peas, butter beans and corn. Side dish staples include mac & cheese, Brunswick stew, pit-baked beans and jalapeño cornbread. “Our vegetable sides and salads are dishes that aren’t found in most barbecue restaurants and will allow us to focus on quality, seasonality and freshness,” says Wise.

Breakfast at King Barbecue features a limited number of Cathead cheddar biscuits with smoked meats and house-made condiments such as candied jalapeño jelly and fresh apple butter offered in a grab-and-go format. There are lunch specials daily, and brunch specials are on the menu each weekend.

Doty has built a strong relationship with the gluten-free community ever since the opening of his first restaurant in 2006, and he will continue to cater to these guests with gluten-free bread, meats, sides, cakes and pies at King Barbecue.  “As with all our restaurants, guests can count on the option to have a gluten-free dining experience from start to finish,” assures Doty.

Designed to resemble a chicken coop, the restaurant’s interior features wood furnishings, traditional barbecue art and a rich red and gray color palette inspired by meat and smoke. Counter service during lunch hours gives way to full service during dinner. “We want our guests who have limited time at lunch to be able to get in and out faster, but we want dinner to be a relaxing time for families and friends to enjoy each other,” says Wise.

With a strong emphasis on frozen cocktails to complement Avalon’s open-carry environment and Atlanta’s scorching heat, King Barbecue’s beverage program also includes beer, wines by the glass and bottle and non-alcoholic beverages. Local breweries will also be brought in for special events.

On June 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the new restaurant is participating in Avalon’s inaugural “Savor the Boulevard.” Guests can dine al fresco on Avalon Boulevard while enjoying a prix-fixe four-course menu with beverage pairings. The event benefits the Giving Kitchen, a Georgia nonprofit that provides emergency assistance to restaurant workers in crisis, and tickets are available here.

King Barbecue is located at 4195 Avalon Blvd. in Alpharetta. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (or until the meat runs out) along with extended bar hours. King Barbecue also offers catering services along with sister restaurants Bantam + Biddy and ATL Taco. For more information, call 678-248-5159 or visit