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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Re: Barbecue

Smokey Bones Barbecue chain is closing lots of its restaurants and selling the rest. I called the Florence location and the manager said the locations here: Florence, Cherry Grove and West Chester, are among the ones being sold rather than closed. But they surely won't be Smokey Bones for long. So if you love their'q--go get yourself some right now.

I thought they did a pretty good job with the food, it just didn't have any soul, and if anything needs soul, it's barbecue. Some people observed that it didn't work to lump together all the different kinds of American barbecue in one place. It is a food that needs geographic context, and should be eaten closer to the source.


at 2:14 PM Anonymous Greg said...

I think the bigger loss is Bahama Breeze. That place was different than most chains. It always seemed packed. That's 2 closed restaurants now at Pictoria Island, Breeze & Karlos

at 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the biggest loss is how Darden, Smokey Bones' parent company, pulled off the closing. They simply sent a bunch of corporate guys into the restaurants at 9pm Friday night and told them they were closing. Thats it- no notice whatsoever. THEN, rather than donating ALL THAT FOOD (and trust me, there is a lot of food in either restaurant at any given time) to shelters or other organizations that could use it, they simply THREW AWAY all the food from both Smokey Bones and Bahama Breeze. Its certainly a shame that so many people could lose their primary jobs without so much as a day's notice.

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