North Augusta’s newest restaurant opened its doors Friday. Southbound Smokehouse, located in SRP Park in Riverside Village, is “where classic southern barbecue meets friendly neighborhood cantina,” according to their website.

By Saturday the word had been out and the response was incredible, said Brian Brittingham, one of the owners of Southbound.

The North Augusta location is the second of two Southbound Smokehouse restaurants – there is also one on Central Avenue in Augusta.

“It’s just a place that’s very diverse, can bring people from anywhere, all walks of life, together under one roof to enjoy some time on the riverfront,” Brittingham said.

Southbound is currently serving a scaled-down opening menu in North Augusta, Brittingham said, focusing on sharable items.

At present the hours are Wednesday through Sunday. Southbound will open at 4:20 p.m. on those days, but there is no set closing time.

Brittingham said there may be live music “from time to time,” and that there may be specials, like steak or scallops, that lend themselves to being right on the riverfront.

Southbound Smokehouse joins the Augusta GreenJackets, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ironwood Apartments and the Clubhouse apartments as tenants of Riverside Village. Planned businesses in Riverside Village include Swank Company boutique, Rio Cantina taqueria, and Rivers and Glen outfitter. 

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.