Looks like it’s time for a disappointing update to Eater’s barbecue map: Lower Queen Anne’s damn good Campfire BBQ has shuttered indefinitely due to co-owner and pitmaster Stefan Giles’ back injury. The company, which sells its smoked goodies like brisket and pulled pork from the “Chuck Wagon” log cabin-style food truck in a lot adjacent to Citizen, announced the news on Facebook at the end of May, a tipster shared.
In a similar note on its website, Campfire described its situation as an “indefinite hiatus” and said, “We're not sure when or if he'll be able to return.” The phrasing raises the frightening possibility of a permanent retirement from the pit for Giles. Here’s hoping he bounces back.
Meanwhile, Campfire said, “the Beer Garden at Citizen will remain open with a rotation of food trucks and guests serving out of the Chuck Wagon.” It’s not clear yet which guests will appear, but Eater has reached out to Citizen and Campfire for clarification and will update if more information becomes available.