New Boston Mayor James Warren and owner David Swick cut the ribbon on the new restaurant Wednesday morning. The restaurant serves a selection of slow-smoked meats and sandwiches, including smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches.
“We will be adding ribs to our menu in a couple of weeks, and we have all the sides that would go with that. We have baked potato, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, and we also have a kid’s menu,” Swick said.
This isn’t his first run at a local restaurant. In the late 1970s, Swick opened Dee’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers in Sciotoville to help pay his way through mortuary school. After graduation, he moved to Texas, where barbecue is a serious way of life. He moved back to Scioto County in 1995 to open D.W. Swick Funeral Home — now with locations in New Boston and South Webster.
But he’s always dreamed of opening another restaurant, and decided now was the best time to do it.
“It’s really a whole family operation, with my wife Maria and son David and daughter Jessica. They are from Texas and I am from here, but I lived in Texas for 15 years. This type of restaurant is on every corner out there. When we moved back, we love this type of food so much we just always thought something like this is needed around here,” Swick said.
Warren said he was happy to see new life come to the vacant building, and he welcomed JD’s Beef Brisket to the village.
“I think it’s great that we have people willing to make an investment in New Boston, and this is a new light coming to New Boston,” Warren said. “This is what it takes within a community; people to make an investment and to keep it alive.”
Swick invited a few people to a special preview night Monday, including Warren and members of Village Council.
“I loved it, and I ate plenty of it. I had the large brisket and french fries. It was good,” said Village Councilman Mike Payton. “We’ll be back. A lot!”
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