Business has been so hot at The Pot Smoker BBQ since opening last fall in North Augusta the owners had to speed up expansion plans.
“We had an 18-month business model that we thought it would take to max out,” said Bobby Boggs, one of four partners in the family-owned restaurant. “And, we maxed out on the fourth week. We’d open at 11 a.m. and be sold out by 2 p.m.”
The restaurant opened Friday at 340 Edgefield Road, but the concept originated last November out of a 24-foot-long mobile food truck parked in a shopping center at 215 Edgefield Road.
The restaurant’s name dates to 15 years ago when Boggs was cooking barbecue chicken in a ceramic pot. A friend dubbed him “pot smoker” and the name stuck.
The Pot Smoker BBQ is open Thursday through Saturday. Boggs said he, wife Shirley, son Chip and daughter Stacey Chafin spent 10 weeks remodeling the old 3,600-square-foot building.
The food truck will remain on the road for catering events, Boggs said.