Ruby’s BBQ pop-up, Newtown

Fat Rupert’s takes American-style smoked meats to the dark and smokey land of The Midnight Special.

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That’s right, inner-city/inner-west Americana fiends, you won’t have to travel all the way to Bondi Beach for a taste of the American South anymore.

Now, you can get your smoked wagyu skirt steaks, baby back ribs, smokey hot wings, pulled porks and apple cobblers in Newtown’s late night hang-out, The Midnight Special.

Well, for three months at least.

With a ‘finger’s crossed/if-all-goes-well’ launch date of May 1, Ruby’s BBQ is the pop-up side-project of Fat Rupert’s Head Chef Eli Challenger, his wife, Ruby Challenger and their friend/business partner, Aaron Pearce.

It all began earlier this year when the trio joined a competition. You may have heard of it through (ahem) Sydney. It was called IconPark and was the first crowdfunded dining concept in the world.

Their entry was Ruby’s BBQ: a venture named after Ruby (naturally), which combined Southern style cuisine with New York style bars and locally sourced food and drinks.

They had made it to the top six. Passed the round of top four. And then… lost to Stanley Street Merchants.

“We were coming first after Taste of Sydney (which featured IconPark and all six contestants’ food), which we did really well at,” says Eli. “In the end, we came fourth, but did you hear? We won the People’s Choice Award at Taste of Sydney.” Which itself, speaks volumes about what they’re offering and how much the people want it.

Now, the people can have it. Alongside the late night-drinks and retro musical stylings of Newtown’s Midnight Special. It’s all happening soon, so stay tuned for more smoking hot details as they come in.

What you need to know

Address: 44 Enmore Rd, Newtown

Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 5pm-12am

Facebook: Ruby’s BBQ

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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