A new barbecue restaurant backed by the owner of Buona Forchetta is coming to South Park. Matteo Cattaneo says the building, located at 2314 30th Street, was originally earmarked for an Italian bakery and breakfast concept which has since been relocated to the former Rebecca’s site at the corner Juniper & 30th. In its place will be a smoked meat palace, with the working name of Carbón, that will be operated by managing partner Antonio Kawage.
Kawage and Cattaneo are longtime friends, and it was the strength of Kawage’s homemade barbecue that prompted Cattaneo to offer him the partnership in the new restaurant. Previously an executive in the energy and finance industry; Kawage worked as as a race instructor for the Porsche Club of America, driving on tracks all over Texas while simultaneously researching barbecue throughout the state and developing his meat-smoking skills.
He says the menu will primarily focus on wood-smoked Central Texas barbecue, exemplified by beef brisket and beef ribs, but will also include North Carolina pulled pork and Kansas City pork ribs. Served with traditional sides, the barbecue will also be incorporated into other presentations, from tapas-style plates including pulled pork-stuffed ravioli and tacos to tri trip sandwiches made with house-baked bread, Serving lunch and dinner, Carbón is scheduled to open by Summer 2019.