Tuesday, April 24, 2007


We automatically think of barbecue restaurants as rural fixtures, free standing small buildings on secondary roads or at the edge of small towns. We don't think of Moncks Corner, SC, as a major metro area, but it has grown considerably. It once had a downtown section which decayed with the urban sprawl of shopping malls and scattered subdivisions. The town is making an effort to revive their friendly past.

We came upon Music Man's Bar-B-Que restaurant by accident after missing a turn toward Eutawville, SC, with Schwettmann's on our mind. Just over the tracks on Railroad Avenue we spotted the place. It is sandwiched between other restored downtown structures in what appears to be a sincere effort at urban renewal. It seemed unnatural to eat barbecue within the confines of an incorporated municipality, but we were hungry and Music Man's was inviting.

Clean barbecue joints surprise us. While orderly, fresh and efficient, it was also a bit funky, folksy and very hospitable. On entering a little girl would pop up out of a cardboard box long enough to greet visitors then retire within the box awaiting the next customer. The walls are adorned with signed illustrations of wide ribbons of sheet music, a guitar and a set of drums. We were told that the fellow who owns the place is a long time drummer in a popular local band. Today was their first anniversary in this cozy little place.

You may eat in or take out as you wish. The buffet is very nice and the pork is offered cooked with or without sauce. We enjoyed the meal so much that we're considering placing Music Man's on our list of the 20 top BBQ joints in South Carolina. When folks are partial to a particular BBQ spot they will drive all day to get there. We think that Music Man's will become an important draw in the renewall of this section of downtown Moncks Corner.

As we eased out of Moncks Corner an organized crowd was gathering just across the tracks. It looked festive, the police were smiling and a street dance was about to begin. The shindig seems yet another constructive and family oriented gesture of support for the revival of this old downtown section. As wildly increasing growth in population and construction sweeps Berkeley County, the restoration of charm and comfort to downtown Moncks Corner is encouraging.


Blogger Heather Solos said...

We just missed each other. I took the family to the bluegrass shindig.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Sorry we missed you, Heather. The Shindig looked like a nice family affair and we're very encouraged to see solid efforts to restore that part of the old downtown area of Moncks Corner.

In our travels we pass through many wonderful small towns which have died because of national mega retailers and associated sprawl. It simply kills these nice little communities and the businesses which they once supported. Consequently, the following generation won't know each other. We are breeding a nation of estranged suburbanites.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Margo said...

Now you're in my neck of the woods. :-) Music Man is pretty good, but Palmetto bbq is out of this world!

3:18 PM  
Blogger Windviel said...

Many thanks for the kind words. We are drawn back to Moncks Corner time after time and look to its future with confidence as good people continue to flow into the community.

4:53 PM  

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