At Swig & Swine, we believe that nothing is a substitute for hard work and long hours, so we cook our barbecue low and slow, savoring all the natural juices and locking in that iconic smoked flavor. We also believe that hard work deserves a great cold beer, which is why we offer a diverse selection of craft beers (as well as your usual favorites, of course). Sit back and relax with us at any one of our 4 locations across the Lowcountry.
Born and raised in Mantua, New Jersey, Anthony DiBernardo has always had a passion for cooking. He entered the culinary world when he was 14 as a banquet cook. Later, the US Navy brought Anthony to the Lowcountry, where he has lived for nearly 25 years. After serving as a cook on the USS Batfish submarine for four years, Anthony began working in the kitchen at Blossom Café. His résumé includes roles as the Executive Chef at Kiawah Island Resort, Corporate Executive Chef at Mustard Seed, and Operating Partner and Head Chef at Rita’s.
After incorporating barbecue menu items during each culinary venture, Anthony started his own barbecue catering business, where his passion started to set fire. He opened Swig & Swine BBQ in collaboration with Queen Street Hospitality Group in 2013.
Steve Kish, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been in the Hospitality Industry for 39 years. Kish began his career in the Lowcountry over 30 years ago, and in 1982, he and partners Harvey Poole and Joe Sliker opened 82 Queen. Today, Kish is highly regarded in the Charleston community, both personally and professionally.
He is a founding member of the Chef Association, a Charleston Restaurant Association Board member, a Taste of Charleston and Oyster Festival Chairman, a husband, a father of two. Kish is the proud owner of 82 Queen, now a long-standing Charleston tradition, Lowcountry Bistro, the casual Southern eatery, and Swig & Swine, in partnership with pitmaster Anthony DiBernardo.
Patrick Kish’s introduction to the hospitality industry started at an early age. From washing dishes and bussing tables to serving and bartending, Patrick held nearly every position at his family’s restaurant, 82 Queen, before moving into a leadership role. He quickly worked his way up to a manager position at 82 Queen by age 20, and held the role of assistant general manager at age 22.
Patrick also assisted with the opening of Queen Street Hospitality project, Lowcountry Bistro, where he held the title of General Manager at just 25 years old. Most recently, he helped open the restaurant group’s third concept, Swig & Swine. Currently, Patrick serves as Chief Operating Officer of Queen Street Hospitality.
When he’s not working in the restaurants or busy developing new plans to grow the family business, Patrick enjoys taking time out for music, art, and dining out.
Jonathan Kish leads the Queen Street Hospitality team with a background in management and finance, but with a passion for food and the legacy of Queen Street Hospitality. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in international management and developed key skills while working with Northwestern Mutual. In late 2012, Jonathan moved back to South Carolina to assist his family with managing 82 Queen.
Since then, Jonathan has stepped up to become Chief Executive Officer of Queen Street Hospitality, managing all restaurants: 82 Queen and Swig & Swine. A leader in Charleston’s hospitality industry, he brings the best culinary, beverage, and service talents to his restaurants to make each restaurant a unique destination with award-winning menus.
His vision for the future is unparalleled as he takes the reigns from his father, Steve Kish. Steve opened 82 Queen, a historic Charleston culinary institution for 35 years, and helped curate the Lowcountry cuisine the world knows and loves today. Jonathan works diligently to represent and preserve this authentic fare and Southern hospitality, while eagerly breaking barriers to elevate Charleston’s culinary scene.
Jonathan, his wife, and two daughters reside on James Island, SC where they spend days on the dock and cooking. Jonathan kids that his youngest is already an oyster aficionado. A brewmaster at heart, Jonathan crafts his own beer which you can find at Queen Street restaurants.
If you’ve ever had Swig & Swine BBQ cater your event, chances are you’ve met Chris Harris, the Catering & Sales Manager of the Swig & Swine BBQ. Chris was born in Greenwood, SC and came to Charleston for college. He graduated in 2005 from the College of Charleston with a degree in Corporate Communications.
Chris is one of Queen Street Hospitality’s most tenured employees, with 14 years under his belt. He began working at 82 Queen when he was in college; starting as a bus boy, then server, working his way up to management. When Swig & Swine BBQ joined the group, Chris saw a new opportunity to expand his catering and management skills.
Chris is like the energizer bunny and is always running around town, answering catering inquiries, booking events, meeting with clients, and setting up events. But even as a busy body, there is always time for Chris to make you laugh.
He is the team’s resident comedian. This jokester is a big softy too; he enjoys helping others and animals in need and is very passionate about his family. Of course, [no bio of a Charleston resident wouldn’t be complete without this] in his free time he enjoys days on the beach and boat. We value Chris’s tenured leadership and passion for Swig & Swine BBQ’s methodology and product. What’s his favorite meat, you ask? Brisket hot off of the smoker.