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Ray Ray’s Hog Pit plans to open dine-in restaurant in early 2021

Ray Ray’s Hog Pit plans to open dine-in restaurant in early 2021

Nicholas Youngblood

If you’ve ever stood in the long line at a Ray Ray’s Hog Pit food truck, you know it’s well worth the wait. And if you don’t mind waiting just a few more months, well then we’ve got some good news–you could be eating your Ray Ray’s from the comfort of a restaurant booth.

Founder and owner James Anderson has partnered with chef Bill Glover to open Ray Ray’s first dine-in restaurant, coming to Granville in early 2021. The barbecue joint will follow the “Meat and Three” model, offering Anderson’s revered barbecued meat and a choice of three sides from a list developed by Glover.

“Because we serve up the ultimate barbecue carryout comfort food, from food trucks with natural social distancing, our customers have been more supportive than ever during COVID,” Anderson said in a press release. “This significant increase in demand for what we do aligned perfectly with Bill’s availability, which has turned out to be ideal timing, as his skills really increase our bandwidth.”

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Glover was most recently executive chef at Hilton Columbus Downtown. He and Anderson have been friends, collaborators, and colleagues for years, according to the press release. The duo shares a passion for locally-sourced ingredients; Anderson raises his own heritage breed pork at his Granville farm.

“I can’t tell you how much I respect James and how excited I am that we get to work together every day,” Glover said. “We will always honor the Ray Ray’s tradition and plan to keep everything customers love about Ray Ray’s the same, but damn, this is going to be fun!”

Many details of Ray Ray’s newest endeavor are still being worked out, but the 1256 Columbus Rd. location will definitely feature indoor seating, carryout, and drive-thru service.

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