Four Pegs Beer Lounge has a new owner, and it’s about to get an updated menu and some upgrades to the kitchen and upper level of the space. In fact, a meat smoker has already been added to the patio.
Chris Williams, owner of 502 Café, purchased the popular spot in Germantown from original owner Princeton Hurst, taking over full-time last week. Williams has owned and operated 502 Café as a food truck and catering business — along with one year of running it as a brick and mortar — for eight years.
The 502 Café food truck will continue to be in operation as usual with a crew of employees, while Williams, an avid barbecue chef, manages the Four Pegs location.
Hurst, meanwhile, sold the business to help fund his new project, Atrium Brewing, which he hopes to open later this year in Smoketown in the former T. Eddie’s Bar & Gill location.
It will operate at first as a bar, with the brewing operation being added subsequently. Hurst also recently purchased a food truck that should be up and running sometime this spring.
Williams said the Four Pegs menu, which has focused on pub fare like burgers, sandwiches and appetizers, will be redesigned to add barbecue items that have long been staples of 502 Café, such as smoked brisket, pork and chicken.
Already added are smoked wings and pork belly burnt ends, both of which he says have been popular just in the few days they’ve been available. The chef also says he will use locally produced products as much as possible.
A jackfruit barbecue sandwich will replace the vegan burger, while one signature item will be a flatbread pizza made with bourbon barbecue pork belly, spinach and goat cheese, the item created for Williams’ appearance on the Cooking Channel’s “Big Bad BBQ Brawl.”
Another item that will be added to the Four Pegs menu is the Q-Rito, a burrito stuffed with brisket, macaroni and cheese, barbecue sauce, chili, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.
“It’s basically all the best things on the menu put together,” Williams says, adding that it is not meant for a light appetite. “It’s a meal.”
But fans of Four Pegs’ staples, such as the chicken and waffles, don’t have to worry — he’s not taking away the items that are house favorites.
“That can’t go anywhere,” he says about the chicken and waffles.
In addition, the bar and restaurant, which will maintain the “beer lounge” focus with 12 taps and about 40 bottles and cans, along with a light cocktail program, will get some renovations, starting with the kitchen. That will necessitate a kitchen closure for several days sometime in late March or early April, Williams says, but the food truck will be on hand to provide fare.
And an upstairs space that seats about 40 will get a makeover and will add a couple of flatscreen TVs, along with a premium sports package. Williams cites the need for a place in the neighborhood “to go and watch a game.”
That space also will be available for private functions.
Williams says he hopes to kickstart lunch business with the new menu additions, which should be fully added within a month or so, depending on the timing of the kitchen upgrades. In the meantime, the original menu will continue to be available, along with rotating specials.
Four Pegs Beer Lounge is located at 1053 Goss Ave.