Swampy’s BBQ to Break Ground on Brick & Mortar

Artist rendering of a new restaurant and commercial kitchen building for Swampy's BBQ at Columbia Gardens.

Swampy’s BBQ to Break Ground on Brick & Mortar

Swampy’s BBQ to Break Ground at Columbia Gardens
Food Truck Expands to Brick & Mortar Building

Kennewick, Wash. – Ron Swanby and partners of Swampy’s BBQ will break ground on Monday for a restaurant and commercial kitchen at Columbia Gardens Wine & Artisan Village.

Monday, May 22, 2023, at 10 a.m.
215 E. Columbia Drive, Kennewick WA

Swampy’s BBQ, in partnership with Pipeworks, LLC, purchased a high-visibility parcel at the entrance to the port’s Columbia Gardens development. The new building will enable Swampy’s BBQ to accommodate its popular food truck and smoker operations, operate a commissary kitchen, prep for catering events, and serve guests with expanded hours.

“Swampy’s BBQ is one of the region’s most acclaimed food trucks and an anchor tenant at the Columbia Gardens Food Truck Plaza, and we’re thrilled to see them grow,” said port CEO Tim Arntzen. “Ron Swanby has been an outstanding ambassador for the wine and artisan village and a champion of east Kennewick revitalization.”

During the past decade, the port has worked to transition the Columbia Gardens neighborhood from a tired industrial waterfront into an attractive destination for artisan entrepreneurs. Four wineries, a Food Truck Plaza, a scenic pathway, and public artwork have combined to create an inviting place within Kennewick’s Historic Waterfront District.

The Pipeworks, LLC/Swampy’s purchase was the port’s first land sale at Columbia Gardens. Five additional shovel-ready parcels are for sale on that interior Columbia River waterfront.


Port of Kennewick is a municipal corporation serving taxpayers in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, Benton City and portions of unincorporated Benton County. The port’s mission is to develop assets that create sustainable family-wage jobs, user-friendly transportation systems and quality of life enhancements for visitors and residents of the port district.