MURRAY HILL — Southern barbecue chain Brother Jimmy’s BBQ will dish out thousands of free meals at a block party in celebration of its fifth anniversary in Murray Hill next week.
The restaurant will set up concession stands at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 31st Street on Aug. 20, serving enough food to feed more than 1,000 people, including a whole hog, 500 pulled chicken sliders, 150 pounds of rib tips and 1,000 pulled pork sandwiches.
“Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Murray Hill has grown into a community of regular customers,” CEO Josh Lebowitz said in a statement. “The least we could do was put together this Backyard BBQ Block Party to show how much we appreciate their continued patronage until the next celebrated anniversary.”
The restaurant's executive chef Eva Pesantez will be serving a whole hog, using the meat to make more than 1,000 pulled pork sandwiches.
Food booths will also feature plenty of free sides and refreshments to pair with the barbecue, including popcorn, cotton candy, fried pickles, coleslaw, corn on the cob, iced tea and lemonade.
Festivities will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 20 and will be set up near the restaurant, which is located at 181 Lexington Ave.
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ has four other locations in Manhattan, including the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Chelsea and Union Square.
"We are thrilled to reach this milestone in Murray Hill,” Lebowitz said.