Richmond’s Black Star Pirate BBQ closing in November

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The former Black Star Pirate BBQ at 1900 Stenmark Dr.

By Kathy Chouteau

The pirates are sailing out of Point San Pablo Harbor. In an Instagram video, Black Star Pirate BBQ owner Chef Tony Carracci, accompanied by his partner, “the beautiful Miss Suzie,” announced that Sun., Nov. 27 will be the Richmond restaurant’s last day open at its location at 1900 Stenmark Dr.

Carracci indicated the reason for the restaurant’s closure was due to it losing its lease. “The owners are not forcing us out, they are back to their pre-COVID plan,” stated the restaurant in comments on Instagram. “We were lucky we got to be there…they are headed in a different direction.”

The restaurant further stated that it “will go somewhere else for sure; looking for the perfect spot, so stay tuned.” The harbor-side restaurant, which Carracci founded two years ago, quickly gained cult status with its mouthwatering BBQ menu and warm hospitality that drew crowds forming a line out its door.

In announcing its closing, Carracci invited people via Instagram to “come see us before we leave the harbor.” The popular eatery will continue serving up BBQ and featuring live music on the weekends until its closure.

Separately via an Instagram video with Miss Suzie, Carracci encouraged everyone to “remember the magic that was created here by you all. We are nothing without you all, so please come play with us.”

Black Star Pirate BBQ isn’t Carracci’s only restaurant in Richmond. In August, he opened up the Baltic Kiss, a dining and live music venue that offers a Southern comfort style menu and a variety of entertainment. Featuring a vibrant and eclectic décor designed by Miss Suzie, the Baltic Kiss is located at 135 Park Place in Point Richmond.