BBQ pit restaurant proposed for Mission downtown core

Pitmasters could open in Mission at the beginning of 2019

With all the construction going on in downtown Mission, it would be easy to overlook a new building project that has begun.

A section of property (33321 1st Ave.) is being cleared and a retaining wall has been built in preparation for a new restaurant proposal.

Pitmasters Real Wood Pit BBQ is hoping to open its first ever location in Mission.

Mike Bruic, who has lived in Mission for the past three years is the man behind the proposal.

“This is not my first barbecue place, he told the Mission Record, but it is the first time he has owned the property.

Bruic used to lease a pizza and barbecue place in Maple Ridge.

“We started selling more barbecue than pizza so I decided to get out of the pizza business.”

Pitmasters is his new idea and he has trademarked the name in Canada, as well as the slogan “It ain’t legit without the wood pit.”

Barbecue is in Bruic’s blood.

“I’ve been barbecuing since I was a little kid,” he said.

He’s from the South Georgia, North Florida, Okefenokee Swamp area where barbecue is king and that’s how he wants to cook his food.

According to Bruic, many people boil meat, slather it with sauce, throw it on the grill for five minutes and call it barbecue.

“If you did that where I come from, they would tar and feather you and run you out of town.

He plans to have two wood pits in his new restaurant.

His development proposal will be heard at Mission council on Monday and if all goes well, he expects to have a building permit shortly after.

Bruic hopes to be open early in the new year.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Tiny home’ being built for Abbotsford woman with severe allergies

Online campaign raises $59,000 for custom cargo trailer for Katie Hobson

Face masks will be mandatory for customers at all Walmart locations

Requirement goes into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 12 across Canada

New treatment centre for addicted youth opening in Chilliwack

Facility ready to support up to 20 youth with substance-use challenges

Building at Mission summer camp destroyed in fire, RCMP say arson suspected

Khalsa Centre summer camp was closed due to COVID-19, 17 staff were present on site

VIDEO: Late-night Highway 11 crash in Abbotsford sends 2 to hospital

SUV crashes through concrete dividers on Aug. 5, 1 person airlifted out

47 British Columbians test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of confirmed active cased as of Thursday (Aug. 6) to 371 people

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Acclaimed B.C. actor Brent Carver passes away

Carver, one of Canada’s greatest actors with a career spanning 40 years, passed away at home in Cranbrook

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Canucks blank Wild 3-0, take series lead in penalty-filled NHL qualifying clash

Jacob Markstrom stops 27 shots to lead Vancouver past Minnesota

North Okanagan man chains himself to tree in protest of construction

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

VIDEO: A B.C business used robots to bring down concrete walls

Walco Industries is the only firm on Vancouver Island to use specialized robots for hydro-demolition

As CERB winds down, labour group asks Liberals to rethink EI

The government estimates four million people will be moved onto EI after CERB ends

Most Read