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Remember the Red Pig BBQ? There’s a new restaurant opening up in that location

La Casona Mexican BBQ & Restaurant is opening in Williamsburg (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
La Casona Mexican BBQ & Restaurant is opening in Williamsburg (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)

The former Red Pig BBQ and Brew building has new tenants.

La Casona Mexican & BBQ Grill filed a business license with James City County in mid-July, said Richard Bradshaw, the commissioner of revenue.

Bradshaw said Jamestown BBQ & Grill, also known as Red Pig BBQ & Brew, has yet to do their paperwork to close the business.

Red Pig BBQ abruptly closed in June and an eviction notice was posted on the businesses door. The restaurant was open less than six months.

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The inside of the building looks the same. There are neutral gray walls, a cooler by the front door and a tabletop bar with high-top chairs and a more formal dining area near the outdoor patio.

While not much has changed on the inside, the restaurant’s menu and other features will be a little different.

Christian Illanes, one of the co-owners, said he plans on having two separate menus, one featuring Mexican cuisine and the other, a North Carolina barbecue style menu.

“We don’t want to do a fusion,” he said, adding he has a smoke machine upstairs for the barbecue.

In addition, Illanes plans to have an outdoor bar on the balcony for customers and open the second floor of building for special events like private parties and for the restaurant’s dance classes like Bachata and Merengue.

The business still needs an ABC license. Illanes said they plan to open in a week and a half, tentatively.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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