Oakmont Barbeque Company is opening a permanent location… in Verona.
After three years on the streets of Pittsburgh, the popular barbeque food truck is moving down the Allegheny River to the neighboring neighborhood of its namesake, Oakmont. Both Verona and Oakmont are located along the river, and are bisected by the busy Allegheny River Boulevard thoroughfare.
“My goal all along was to have a brick and mortar,” says Ken Shields, owner of Oakmont Barbeque. “Verona has been very accommodating and welcoming.”
This is one of many recent developments in Verona. The neighborhood recently opened a cider house (Stonewall Cider House and Meadery), and is in the process of opening two breweries (Acclamation Brewing and Inner Groove Brewing).
With the location change and transition from food truck to brick and mortar, the restaurant will actually be named “Off The Rails,” which is a play on Verona’s railroad history, and the truck’s leap ‘off the rails’ and into a permanent space.
The Oakmont Barbeque Company truck will remain operational.
The building, located along Allegheny River Boulevard has a rich history, previously operating as both a gas station and a Jeep dealership.
“I drove past this property for many years and always thought it would be a great location,” Ken Shields
Once open, the property will have ample room for parking. There will also be customer seating both inside and outside the building.
Oakmont Barbeque is currently finalizing plans for the space and hopes to be open by Labor Day and the end of the summer.
Once open, the restaurant will offer an extension of the menu on the Oakmont Barbeque truck, including popular dishes like St. Louis Ribs, Brisket Nachos, Brisket Mac, and the Pulled Pork Sandwich. The extra space will also allow them to experiment with new dishes they’ve been wanting to include, like smoked wings.
“I’ll do a lot of platters,” says Shields
Just like on the truck, all meats are smoked low and slow using the best ingredients.
There will also be an expanded side menu, including the usual barbeque suspects like coleslaw, Mac & Cheese, Potato Salad, and Beans. The restaurant also plans to offer alcohol, serving wine and a couple of locals beers that complement the food.
More information can be found online.
Off The Rails (549 Allegheny River Blvd)