To celebrate 25 episodes of Menu Stories, we are releasing a special two-part series featuring sister restaurants 1300 on Fillmore and Black Bark BBQ. Episode 25 features executive chef David Lawrence of Black Bark BBQ and 1300 on Fillmore. Be sure to listen to episode 24 first.
Executive chef/owner David Lawrence and Monetta White opened Black Bark BBQ in January 2016, but the restaurant had been in the works for over four years. Originally inspired by regular requests for barbecued ribs at 1300 on Fillmore, their original restaurant, Lawrence was struck by an engraved brick on the sidwalk on Fillmore Street, which marked the former home of a once-loved Kansas style barbecue restaurant. The space was vacant and, eventually, Lawrence and White decided to revive the location and bring barbecue back to the Fillmore neighborhood.
Lawrence has an incredible background, himself: after being raised by a hard working immigrant father — a steakhouse chef — in a low income neighborhood in England, Lawrence went on to become an esteemed, globally trained chef who trained at three star Michelin rated restaurants.
Listen to the episode to hear the full story.