A local restaurateur will add a fifth link to his chain of area businesses when he opens a barbecue place off Shelburne Road behind McDonald's in South Burlington in late June or July.
Smokey's Low N Slow is the latest eatery from Jonathan Wish, 47, who runs a Williston-based company called Wow, That's Good Food!
The restaurant will occupy the two-story, renovated space that was home to Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, the bar and game room that closed last summer. Smokey's Low N Slow will serve a range of barbecue styles, from classic dishes to more inventive fare, Wish said.
"This is kind of my homage and tribute to the Americana of barbecue," he said. "There are so many regions and styles all across the U.S."
The menu will include pulled pork, brisket and ribs, along with smoked turkey breast and smoked duck breast. "We will explore outward from there and let our chefs spread their wings a bit," said Wish, who is in the process of testing recipes and hiring a pitmaster.
Wish also owns Vermont Tap House in Williston, Bayview Bar and Grill in Colchester, Buono Appetito in Shelburne and Noonie's Deli in Middlebury. "From the outside, it can look like it's an eclectic group of restaurants," he said. "But there is a common theme. It's comfort food: American comfort food."
Smokey's Low N Slow, a full-service restaurant, will feature a concrete bar on the ground floor and lounge seating upstairs. Located at 7 Fayette Drive in South Burlington, it will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.