A fixture in North Park since it debuted in 2015, Grand Ole BBQ y Asado’s smokers have been silent since early 2019, when the 32nd Street restaurant closed for a remodel. Founder and pitmaster Andy Harris has been focused on Grand Old BBQ’s enormous 15,000-square-foot barbecue wonderland in the East County community of Flinn Springs, which he opened last year in partnership with local hospitality group Social Syndicate.
The flagship North Park location was originally aiming to reopen last May, but permitting issues have held up construction. The revamp of the space will eventually feature a climate-controlled outdoor dining room, a new bar for beer and wine, and an enlarged kitchen that will allow for an expanded menu. Harris told Eater that construction will resume again and that he hopes to get up and running by early May 2020.