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New BBQ joint in Berkeley

Raced by the corner of Fulton and Bancroft on my way to a meeting that I had been unaware of 5 minutes earlier. The Thai restaurant Hua Hin (sp?) is closed and is in the process of being replaced by a new BBQ joint. It's run by a new player, but all I remember about the name is a lot of vowels.

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  1. saw their ad on Craig's List .... Looney's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is their name. Also a mention that it is a high end franchising situation. Will have 200 seats. Will have to stay tuned for details about their food....

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    1. re: gordon wing

      It's hard to imagine 200 seats in that building, even with two floors. It at one time housed an EBMUD office. Is downtown Berkeley gentrifying? :)

      1. re: gordon wing

        Yeah, I also saw that on Craigslist. I hope they can cook better than they spell.

      2. First of all, good riddance to Hua Hin...it's a nice space, but they let it get grimy.

        A barbecue place sounds promising. Along with that new Cajun place on Shattuck, this adds something new to the Berkeley mix (which is way oversaturated with Asian restaurants)

        What exactly is a "high-end franchising situation"?

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        1. re: Agent 510

          I imagine in this case "high-end franchising" would mean something like Outback. Weird location to try that, though.

          Hua Hin was the place with the phony waterfall? We went in there once, the smell from the water was so nasty that we left without ordering.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I am actually sorry and a bit surprised to see Hua Hin go. We tried it about four times and never encountered any problems with grime or funny smells, and we loved just about everything we tried. Plus, it was the only place I knew where you could get a nice rib eye or t-bone marinated in Thai spices.

            Does anyone know if there any other Thai places in the Bay Area where you can get a full-on steak?

            1. re: Civil Bear

              One of the other merchants on the corner told me that the owners of Hua Hin were three couples and that one member of one couple wanted out, forcing the closure. I used to walk by on my way home to Rockridge at 7:30 and it was consistently full of students and others.

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