Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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"Pull My Pork" is certainly a memorable name for a barbecue operation, but those who have sampled the smoked meats from this local vendor do not soon forget the flavor either.

After a year on the local festival and outdoor market circuit, Pull My Pork proprietor Jonathan Wilson is setting up shop in a permanent location in Mid-City. He's taking over the restaurant space attached to the Banks Street Bar, and hopes to be open for business in December.

That space has seen a number of restaurant tenants come and go in the last few years, most recently a soul food joint called Sweet Eye Ree's. But Wilson is confident the allure of barbecue in a city with slim competition in that category will draw people his way.

"We'll have our smoker outside, that's the best advertisement we have," he says.

Wilson hails from Columbus, Ga., and moved to New Orleans last year when his wife accepted a job as a local school principal. He had his first major barbecue gig in the area catering during last year's BCS game. That led to a string of ongoing events like the monthly Freret Market and the Arts Market. During last month's Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, Wilson says he sold 1,000 pounds of meat each day.

Wilson plans to serve lunch and dinner and also offer a late-night menu for the bar crowd next door.

-- Ian McNulty

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