Rooftop barbecue is coming to Lower Broadway

Rodney’s Scott Whole Hog BBQ will occupy the top two floors of Eric Church’s new bar, Chief’s, as well as offer a street-level walk-up window.

A rendering of a barbecue restaurant with a bar area and a disco ball hanging above table seating.

Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ at Chief’s. | Rendering via Chief’s and AJ Capital Partners

Pitmaster Rodney Scott is bringing the heat — in the form of whole hog barbecue — to Eric Church’s new Lower Broadway bar, Chief’s.

We’ll have more on the six-story bar and venue later, but for now, let’s fire up the grill and share what we know before Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ debuts on Friday, April 5.

The man behind the smoker

Scott is known nationally for his Carolina-style barbecue. He won a James Beard Award in 2018 and has expanded the Charleston-based restaurant to Atlanta and Birmingham. As for the Nashville location, Scott said: “I’ve cooked whole hog in a lot of places, but none quite like Broadway.”

The space

The restaurant is situated on the top two floors of Chief’s, including the Hell of a Q rooftop, and is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. A special late-night menu will be served from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Bonus: Broadway is getting a street-level walk-up window. Order breakfast (8 a.m.-11 a.m.), lunch, and dinner from Rodney Scott’s without stepping inside Chief’s.

What he’s cooking up

Let’s start with the apps: pimento cheese and pork skins, nachos, and smoked chicken wings. Then, you have pit-cooked meats served on sandwiches and plates, as well as catfish dishes and Scott’s take on hot chicken.

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