A new barbecue joint is making plans to set up shop in Chapin.
518 Smokehouse indicated on its website and on social media sites that it is coming soon to Chapin. Full details about the restaurant are scarce, though a spokeswoman for LTC Hospitality Management Group, the entity behind the project, said more information could could be released in coming months.
LTC Hospitality Management Group is run by Columbia’s Middleton family, which has opened a number of restaurants and businesses on the capital city’s Main Street, including The Grand on Main and the high-end Smoked restaurant.
The 518 Smokehouse website offers clues behind its name, saying that, “it all began from a college camaraderie at Winthrop’s campus, a group of friends living together at the ole’ college house on 518 Smokehouse Lane bonded forever over beer & good barbecue.” The website indicates the restaurant would be located off of Highway 76 in Chapin.
The smokehouse was first reported by Columbia’s Free Times.
The web page for 518 Smokehouse also offers visitors a chance to submit possible names for the restaurant’s mascot. An image of the mascot is displayed on the site, showing an urbane pig wearing a high-collared tailcoat, with a tuft of tousled hair on its head and the slightest glint of mischief in its eye.