A husband-and-wife team is planning to open a barbecue restaurant in Ballard this fall.
Hannah Carter, who has a decade of front-of-the-house experience, is opening Bitterroot BBQ with Grant Carter, who will serve as the restaurant's chef.
"His background is classical French technique, but we're passionate about street food," explains Hannah Carter, 30.
While Grant Carter, 32, doesn't have any professional pit experience, he's experimented with meat-smoking in his spare time.
"It's a very exciting venture," Hannah Carter says.
A catering menu for the joint cites apple wood, but Carter says they'll also use grape woods and alder woods from her parents' property. "They're drying the wood for us now," she says. Bitterroot's pit from Old Hickory "is being built currently," and the couple is busily assembling a bar list heavy on bourbons and American whiskeys.
"We'll also have a thorough beer selection," Carter promises.
The tag line for the restaurant, located in the former Acme Rubber Stamp shop at the corner of Ballard Avenue and Vernon Place, is "BBQ. Beer. Bourbon. Ballard."
"We live in Magnolia, so we're really excited to be in Ballard," Carter says. "We'll be there every day."
Facebook photos posted yesterday show the venue is "stripped down to the basics," and the only indication of a restaurant in the works is a pair of signs affixed to the front windows, documented today by My Ballard. But the Carters are confident they'll be able to transform the brick-walled space this summer: Bitterroot is aiming for a mid-October opening.