HOW IT ALL STARTED…

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Central City BBQ in New Orleans was built by relationships that stem from Chef Aaron Burgau, Chef and Owner of Restaurant Patois. Aaron has been involved in the restaurant business in some form or fashion since he was fourteen years old.  He has been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the elite chefs of New Orleans.

Aaron and Jesuit High School classmate, Marc Bonifacic, have talked off and on about doing something together in the restaurant business since the late 90s. That is when Aaron would prepare meals for a large contingent of high school friends on a regular basis as he was working his way up through the ranks in the restaurant world.  They had talked about different types of restaurants and locations for almost 20 years before 1201 South Rampart became the spot.

Once the location was purchased by Aaron, Marc and Partners, Chef Aaron’s relationships came through again as he reached out to CAIN Construction to work on their third restaurant together.  Together they decided that the location was a perfect fit for BBQ and with the potential to grow into one of the larger outdoor music venues in the city.

Where there’s smoke…there’s Central City BBQ.  In 2016, Aaron, Marc, and partners restored a building in historic “Central City” New Orleans, combining their passion for smoke, fire, and whole hog barbecue.

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The Pit Team…

James Cruse
12/18/18 We are ecstatic to announce ‘Hogs for the Cause’ Champion, James Cruse as the new pitmaster of Central City BBQ! James has been barbecuing for over half his life. After watching his uncle Ronnie for years on the smoker during holiday gatherings, his uncle gave him a rib lesson…and he has never looked back. Read The New Orleans Advocate article.
Philip Prejean
Phil is a native of of Houma, LA, where he has been a backyard BBQ’er of 30 years.  He has honed his skills by traveling the Americas sampling BBQ.