True BBQ is set to reopen in West Columbia

True BBQ Restaurant, located at 1237 D Ave., will reopen.  in West Columbia, on June 24 after being closed for nearly eight months.

True BBQ Restaurant, located at 1237 D Ave., will reopen. in West Columbia, on June 24 after being closed for nearly eight months.

Smoke will rise again soon on D Avenue in West Columbia.

True BBQ, the popular barbecue restaurant at 1237 D Ave. Set to reopen on Friday, June 24, the company’s owner announced in a Facebook Live video. The restaurant, known for its pulled pork, ribs, hashish and various sauces, including the tomato-based Sexy Lady sauce, has been closed since October 2021 as the property deals with a death in the family and other matters.

“We are going to open our doors again to the real barbecue grounds,” Zanders said.

For now, the grill will only be open on Fridays and Saturdays, Zanders said. The restaurant will also be fast food only for now, although dining may return in the future.

True BBQ has long been known as the Triangle City section of West Columbia. The staff has often been seen over the years cooking barbecue on a large smoker’s grill in front of the restaurant. It’s also known for its eclectic decor inside, including sports memorabilia, pig statues, and even a drawing of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.

As he looks to reopen the West Columbia restaurant, Zanders said True’s barbecue will stand out from the crowd.

“As I tell people, there’s an excuse to grill, there’s good barbecue, there’s a great barbecue and then there’s True BBQ,” he said in a recent Facebook video.

Chris Trainor has worked for newspapers in South Carolina for more than 17 years, including previous stations in the (Greenwood) Index Journal and (Columbia) Free Times. He has received numerous South Carolina Press Association awards, including accolades for column writing, government cadence reporting, profile writing, food writing, election coverage and more.

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