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This Richmond Barbecue Phenomenon Lives Once More

Black Star Pirate BBQ is back in pop-up form in sister restaurant Baltic Kiss’s parking lot

Chef Tony Carracci and partner Miss Suzie stand beneath the sign for Black Star Pirate BBQ in Richmond, California.
Black Star Pirate BBQ is back in the Bay.
John Woodworth
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

It was just about a year ago that Black Star Pirate BBQ owners Miss Suzie and Tony Caracci held a New Orleans-inspired funeral for their dearly beloved business when it closed. The Richmond destination restaurant for brisket and ribs was survived by the couple’s sister restaurant Baltic Kiss in Point Richmond, where Caracci told Eater SF he hoped to do barbecue pop-ups here and there. “You know, death is just a new beginning,” Caracci said. It seems like that time has come: The Black Star is back.

Now as a black and gold food truck in the parking lot of Baltic Kiss, SFGATE reports the familiar menu of charred brisket and black-eyed peas are on deck once again. In an Instagram video, Caracci tells fans the Black Star pop-up is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., or whenever all the food’s gone.

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