New barbecue place coming to Columbia’s Main Street

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint

A new barbecue place is coming to Main Street.

Nashville-based Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint has applied to open a restaurant in Columbia’s Elmwood neighborhood, at 2203 Main St.

Martin’s would go in the former A&F Body Shop, according to an application to the city’s design review board for a “restaurant, smokehouse and beer garden” at the site. The proposal includes off-site parking a block north on Bryan Street.

The joint serves West Tennessee whole hog barbecue. The franchise has 10 other locations, mainly in Tennessee. Martin’s recently opened a Charleston location off Folly Road on James Island.

At their Charleston location, Martin’s offers a $13 whole-hog barbecue tray, and a $68 “Big Daddy Sampler” with half a rack of ribs, an eight-ounce pork, eight-ounce brisket, half chicken and three pints of sides (it’s meant to serve a table of five).

The application will be discussed by the Design Review Commission on Thursday. Attempts to contact Martin’s Bar-B-Que were unsuccessful, and the architect who drew up the site plans for Brentwood, Tenn.,-based Design and Engineering Inc. declined to comment on the proposal.

Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.