Barbecue restaurant announces expansion, new menu

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Improper Pig steak and pork chops

While retaining its original concept of gourmet barbecue, The Improper Pig has announced both new menu items and its next expansion into Rea Farms. Its sister restaurant, Pizza Peel, will also be adding a new location at the new shopping center at 6010 Ardrey Kell Road.

The barbecue joint, which originated at 110 S. Sharon Amity Road in the Cotswold area in 2014, opened a second location in Fort Mill earlier this year.

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Improper Pig Fort Mill

To celebrate the opening of the Fort Mill spot, in a historic building at 204 Main Street, co-owner Will Bigham and the culinary team have introduced new menu items. On your next visit to Fort Mill, be ready to try wood-fired grilled New York strip steaks, prime pork chops and Southern hush puppies, just to name a few.

After renovating a historic building on Main Street, they tapped into a community that offered up a winning endorsement: the restaurant’s usually slow Mondays often have a waitlist at this spot.

Now, let’s get to the good stuff: the food

The team went directly to the hungry diners  them when planning the menu for their Fort Mill location. “When we decided to open a second location, we used guest feedback to help rework our new menu items. Our Southern hush puppies is one new item that came from guest feedback, “ said Chris Soto, director of media and guest relations.

7 new menu items to try on your next visit:

(1) Big Red Mule cocktail

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Improper Pig Mule cocktail

Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit Moonshine mixed with fresh lime juice and Gosling Ginger Beer. This well-crafted cocktail is a blend of sparkling fruity flavors, making it hard to taste any alcohol.

(2) Southern hush puppies

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Improper Pig hush puppies

As any good hushpuppies should be, these are served with honey butter. They taste as good as they sound — warm, lightly sweet and just the right crunch.

(3) Sterling Silver Premium New York strip steak and Prime Pork Chop

Pictured at top. The pork chop is topped with an Asian apricot glaze. Perfectly grilled, these moist meat entrees are rich in flavors bound to satisfy every meat lover.

(4) Fern Bowl

Mac and cheese with pulled pork, pickled onion and cilantro

(5) Biggie’s Green Chili Stew

Jalapeno cheese grits with house made green chili stew

(6) Mac ‘n Cheese Burger

Half pound Angus burger topped with creamy mac & cheese and bacon

(7) Sweet Potato Casserole

Made from scratch with brown sugar and cinnamon

According to Bigham, “Our plans include adding a new wood-fire grill into our Cotswold location and then incorporate the new menu items, which will happen in the next couple of months.”

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