Pit-master Damian Brugger will offer Texas-style brisket and ribs at his first restaurant, Black Label Icehouse (3000 Dryades St.; www.blacklabelbbq.net), beginning Oct. 2.
The opening at the Central City beer hall and barbecue joint will be a three-day party featuring local bands and food and drink specials.
Following the opening, a monthlong "Smoketoberfest" will feature German-style beers and snacks, including pretzels flown in from Munich, which Brugger will serve with smoked pork fat and Himalayan sea salt. Also on the menu are brisket sliders on pretzel buns with spicy mustard and house-made sauerkraut, pork schnitzel and German potato salad.
Brugger's best-known project was a seven-month weekend pop-up at the Lower Garden District whiskey haven Barrel Proof, where he served ribs, brisket and sausage.
Black Label's regular menu features Texas-style ribs, sausage, brisket, whole chickens, Texas toast and sides. Beers from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi occupy 14 taps, and 16 to 18 types of beer will be available in bottles. A weekend brunch pop-up is in the works, he says.
Brugger and his girlfriend Mary Slason, who is a partner in the business, came across the Dryades Street location early this year.
The space features natural wood and corrugated metal accents. A bar that stretches 30 feet anchors the main room, which includes a stage for live bands. In addition to a poolroom there is a game room with a shuffleboard table and vintage video games.
Black Label Icehouse will be open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.