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Barbecue Collaboration Fort Gansevoort to Open in the MePa This Week

Fort Gansevoort starts smokin' tomorrow.

Fort Gansevoort

Serious barbecue comes to the Meatpacking District with tomorrow night's opening of Fort Gansevoort at 5 Ninth Avenue. The courtyard of this three-story Greek Revival building erected in 1849 will be a showcase for the cooking method, with a large pit featuring ingredients sourced from local meat packers, along with a take-out window.

The Fort Gansevoort project, which will be a platform for exhibits, vendors and events, is being curated by art advisor and documentary film producer Adam Shopkorn. He is instituting a BBQ Residency Program, inviting renowned and emerging pitmasters to visit and present their unique recipes and smoking styles. The full line-up is yet-to-be- announced, but the organizers note that Boston's Andy Husbands and Brooklyn's Joe Carroll will be cooking there at some point soon.

Says Shopkorn: "I wanted to open a barebones, no-frills space, and let the food speak for itself. BBQ is the perfect Meatpacking District Fit. I envision people lining up on the street.''

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