The fine folks at Hill Country will soon be opening a new "Austin-inspired food hall" in downtown Brooklyn in the space that previously housed the Brooklyn versions of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Fried Chicken. The new joint will be called Hill Country Food Park and will offer a radically different experience.
The new Hill Country Food Park is set to open in "mid-summer 2018" and will be open for breakfast through dinner. The 10,000-sq-foot space will feature six different "food stalls" with different styles of food that emulate many of the fun food trucks that you'd find in Austin, and all the food will be overseen by Michelin-starred chef Steven Ferdinand. The stalls will serve barbecue (duh), fried chicken, tacos (and breakfast tacos in the morning), pizza, burgers, donuts, and more. Expect there to be a full bar as well.
Hill Country's Brooklyn outposts opened in 2014, but they closed at the end of 2017 for "renovations." Now we're beginning to see what those renovations have yielded, and the new incarnation may attract a larger audience because it will be serving a little bit of everything instead of just BBQ and chicken.
Hill Country opened its Manhattan location on 26th St in 2007 and has long been a staple of quality Texas-style BBQ in NYC. It's miraculous the food is still great for it being open so long, and its current pitmaster Ash Fulk has helped keep the operation in top-notch shape. Hill Country remains one of the best BBQ options you can find in Manhattan, and it will be exciting to explore the new space in Brooklyn when it opens.