Porkies Pig Roast is welcoming in the warmer months of the year with a new outdoor bar and summer movie nights.
Owner Jakes Dioguardi describes his business as an eclectic sandwich shop that specializes in catering, with some unique barbecue items. The indoor and outdoor dining areas both deliver full service and seating, but Dioguardi and general manager Nick Davila wanted to expand on the outdoor offerings.
A horse trailer-turned outdoor bar, dubbed The Broken Pony, has made its home on the lawn in the grassy outdoor space.
The bar has room for 2 to 3 bartenders and adds to the comfortable, unique vibe that Porkies brings to Woodstock.
“We needed something in the beer garden that served as a focal point. Plenty of places in Woodstock have more of a bar atmosphere, but we are very different than any place in Woodstock,“ Dioguardi said.
One of the drink specials offered is a twist on a bloody mary, appropriately named the bloody swine. The drink is served with a bacon-wrapped deep-fried tenderloin, along with other garnishes. Davila said the drink is consistently one of the most popular that they offer.
In addition to The Broken Pony, Porkies has added something else to its menu, summer movie nights. A large outdoor movie screen and a wide variety of movie titles are set for the upcoming summer nights. Kids are admitted free, adults are $5. Family nights are scheduled for three Friday nights each month.
Porkies didn’t forget about the adults: 21-and-over movie nights are scheduled for one Saturday night a month. Family or adult groups that want more than a table can reserve a gazebo. Leashed pets are always welcome in the outdoor seating area.
“I want to have an active community feel with our movie nights. We want this place to feel like your second home,” Davila said.
Even while the retail end of Porkies grows, the catering business at Porkies is still the larger part of the operation.
“We’re in the process of building our retail side of the business, but I’ll never lose sight of what got us here in the first place, which is our catering,” Dioguardi said.
Porkies does more than 1,000 events per year, and roughly half of those are pig roasts.