Martin has been serving up barbecue for years in Nolensville, just across the Nashville line in Williamson County. His national profile has grown gradually. His barbecue rig is a popular fixture at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York, and he is a member of the celebrated Fatback Collective, a barbecue team that includes Sean Brock and several other well-known chefs from around the country.
Martin told Bites' Chris Chamberlain today that that he figures it's finally time to move forward on his plan to start serving customers in Nashville proper.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to bring my barbecue back to my hometown," Martin said.
"When we decided to expand our Nolensville location and move across the street, that put Nashville on the back burner for a few years," Martin added. "But I can tell from my credit card receipts that a lot of my business comes from Brentwood and Nashville. I'm glad to get closer to those customers."
The Nashville location will actually be the fourth for Martin. He opened an outpost in Morgantown, W.V., in February, and he says his Mt. Juliet location will open soon.
"I'll continue to work out of all the locations, but it will be great to have a spot in Nashville," he said.
Martin notes that Nashville is a pretty good barbecue town, and only getting better. "There's been some great new places open recently, and I think more good barbecue is great for the city."
Martin didn't have an opening date yet, but he said he's signed a lease for the space at 3108 Belmont Blvd., next to Osborne's Bi-Rite, and he'll start paying rent in September.