Friday, October 16, 2015

Hill Country Barbecue Market Plans to Open in Boston's Fort Point

It looks like a New York-based BBQ spot is planning to open a location in one of the hottest parts of Boston.

According to a Twitter post from @DGoodison of The Boston Herald, Hill Country Barbecue Market is seeking a liquor license to operate at 374 Congress Street in the city's Fort Point neighborhood. If approved, this would be the fourth location of the dining spot, with others being in the Flatiron section of Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and the Penn Quarter area of Washington, DC.

[October 21 update: The Fort Point Boston blog confirms that Hill Country is indeed looking to open on Congress Street, with a post showing there will be a neighborhood meeting on the proposal on October 27.]

[November 10 update: Eater Boston states that Hill Country has signed a lease for the Congress Street space and that it is looking at a late 2016 opening. (The 8,000-square-foot space will include a dining room, bar, private club area, and marketplace.]

[January 19, 2016 update: A licensing board page within the City of Boston website indicates that Hill Country is seeking the liquor license of Coco's Lounge in Jamaica Plain's Egleston Square, with the hearing taking place on January 27. (A source tells us that Coco's is going to be closing, though it is not known exactly when at this point in time.)]

[June 16, 2016 update: Hill Country appears to be getting closer to opening, as Boston Herald writer @DGoodison mentions that the restaurant is now seeking an entertainment license that potentially allows for live music, DJs, and dancing. (The hearing page for the request shows that it will take place on June 22.)]

Hill Country focuses on food items inspired by the barbecue joints of Central Texas, including red chili, brisket, beef shoulder, spare ribs, pork loin, sausage, macaroni and cheese, beer-braised pinto beans, green bean casserole, and banana pudding. According to its website, meats are smoked low and slow over Texas post oak and served by the pound on butcher paper.

The website for Hill Country Barbecue Market can be found at

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]