Known mainly as a food truck and catering operation in recent times, Sweet Auburn Barbecue has quietly opened a new brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former Pura Vida space on North Highland Avenue.
An expanded menu, full service, and a full bar are all part of the new deal.
Look for sandwiches, a la carte barbecue and sides, and more unusual offerings, such as coconut lemongrass spare ribs and maple-glazed smoked Peking duck, that reflect chef Ronald Hsu’s Asian heritage.
The executive chef for the Poncey-Highland location is Marshall Rogers, who will execute Hsu’s vision of Asian-inspired Southern cuisine and fusion barbecue.
Bartender Reuben Victor, formerly of Holeman & Finch, is developing the beverage program, which will feature absinthe service, local craft beers, and a seasonal cocktail menu.
656 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 678-515-3550, sweetauburnbbq.com.