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July 11, 2018

New barbecue restaurant and deli coming soon

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Local chef and restaurant owner Todd Eisenhauer and mobile barbecue business owner Timothy Marcus decided several months ago to work together on the new venture.
We want to take barbecue and smoking to a different level. We’re not trying to do Carolina- or Texas-style. We are doing our own things. We’re not afraid of spices and smothering barbecue with curry.
— Timothy Marcus
Divine Swine Barbecue and Deli
• What: Restaurant serving barbecue, deli sandwiches and other items

• Where: 19 Culpeper St., Warrenton

• Opening: Late July

• Owners: Todd Eisenhauer and Timothy Marcus

• Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; occasional Saturdays

• Phone: 540-359-6624

• Facebook page: Click here
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A new restaurant, Divine Swine Barbecue and Deli, will open soon in downtown Warrenton.

The restaurant will occupy the first floor at 19 Culpeper St. and serve barbecue, deli sandwiches, soups and brisket, and eventually will have a rotating menu with hot dogs, tacos, ribs and other items.

Todd Eisenhauer, owner of the nearby Black Bear Bistro and The Brick, partnered with Warrenton resident Timothy Marcus to create the business.

Patrons will be able to grab a quick bite, carry it back to work or eat in the restaurant.

“We want to take care of the town,” Mr. Eisenhauer said. “Lots of people in offices don’t have time to go out and grab food.”

Mr. Marcus has cooked barbecue on a mobile smoker at local breweries — Pen Druid Brewing in Sperryville and Powers Farm Brewery near Casanova, among others — and private parties for about two years with his business, Divine Swine.

Friends for about six years, Mr. Eisenhauer and Mr. Marcus decided a few months ago to join forces and open Divine Swine Barbecue and Deli.

“I’ve always been a fan of his food . . . from when he was at Griffin Tavern to what he does now (at Black Bear),” Mr. Marcus said.

Their venture will operate in the former Black Bear Mercantile space, which already has a commercial kitchen. They created a seating area as part of the renovations.

Mr. Marcus and Mr. Eisenhauer plan to do all the cooking and to hire one cashier.

Made-from-scratch side dishes will include collard greens and coleslaw. They also plan to have two beers on tap.

Warrenton already has three barbecue-focused restaurants — Sibby’s Barbecue in Old Town, Shawn’s Smokehouse Barbecue in Warrenton Village and Red, Hot & Blue on Broadview Avenue.

But, Divine Swine will set itself apart with variety and unique flavors, according to the partners.

“We want to take barbecue and smoking to a different level,” Mr. Marcus said. “We’re not trying to do Carolina- or Texas-style. We are doing our own things. We’re not afraid of spices and smothering barbecue with curry.”

Some of Mr. Marcus’ recipes have Mexican, Spanish and Asian influences, such as his coleslaw that includes jicama, a sweet plant in the bean family.

Mr. Marcus also uses apple wood to flavor meats in the smoker.

“We’re not trying to compete with Sibby’s,” Mr. Marcus said. “We do our own thing.”

Warrenton resident Steve O’Dell welcomes new restaurant options in Warrenton.

“Whether it’s barbecue or not, it’s about quality and price,” Mr. O’Dell said. “To me, competition is good for the consumer. The one with the best quality and pricing will get my business.”

In spring 2017, Mr. Eisenhauer opened Black Bear Mercantile, an upscale grocery store and butcher shop in the same space. But, the store closed three months ago after about a year in business.

“I don’t think Old Town was ready for an upscale grocery,” Mr. Eisenhauer said. “People were asking for sandwiches. We didn’t have any seating.”

This time, the shop will have plenty of seating and quick options for customers on their lunch breaks.

“We want to feed Warrenton and have a cool place for town workers to come,” Mr. Marcus said.

The business partners plan to have the restaurant open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to start. Mr. Marcus will continue to operate his mobile smoker at breweries on weekends.

Patrons will be able to use the front entrance on Culpeper Street and the back entrance near the parking area off South Second Street.

In the future, the business partners plan to host events that bring music and other activities to Warrenton, such as an Oktoberfest celebration.
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Rover 530 · July 12, 2018 at 8:39 pm
Had to do something with the property since he dumped a lot into it for the mercantile which was doomed for failure at the outset. Hope Todd can salvage his investment or this venture will take down his main business, Black Bear Bistro. In Old Town, anything off Main Street is a crapshoot. Hope it works.
BJ · July 11, 2018 at 2:43 pm
All the best! We love bar-b-que, especially a great brisket, so we'll be there with our bibs on to ya'all a try.
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