The barbecue joint’s third NoVA location will offer express eats and a late-night menu, all from the inside of a converted shipping container.
The staff at The Pit Stop is used to operating in small spaces. For over a decade, they’ve served barbecue classics—brisket, pulled pork, ribs, potato salad and more—in an outdoor stand at Gilbert’s Corner and, new this year, the team opened a brick-and-mortar counter operation in Sterling.
But now, owner Glynis Thomas has plans to bring The Pit Stop Express to One Loudoun’s 180-square-foot pop-up kiosk, taking the place of B. Doughnut. The express eatery is set to open in mid-July and will remain there for at least nine months.
“A lot of our customers come from Loudoun and we thought we’d bring the food to them,” Thomas says. “It’s kind of a cool, trendy area over there that’s a real hangout spot.”
The menu will look familiar, but on a smaller scale, catering to the grab-and-go crowd. Find rack of ribs, a slate of sandwiches, including the new smoked, pulled chicken and the usual sides of mac and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw and kale.
The shipping container-cum-restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until sell out, (3 p.m. is our best guess), and then reopen for the late-night hours.
From the second shift, Thomas envisions a hub for bar hoppers to stop at before ending the night.
“We have to gauge it out, but we are going to open again at 11 p.m. and stay until 1 a.m.,” says Thomas. “We’ve been going every night to see the nightlife over there, and it’s a pretty active community. We can’t wait to get in touch with.” // The Pit Stop Express: 44717 Thorndike St., Ashburn, prices vary
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