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Smokey Bones BBQ

In a not too distant post (I believe on the Florida board) it was mentioned that Smokey Bones resturants were closed/sold/changed. It puzzeled me somewhat as there is one in Albany NY and today I went there for a simple sandwich (pulled pork) and found it is alive and well at least here and from the info supplied still an ongoing franchise operation though maybe not in FL. Any further info?

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  1. The one in Manchester CT (at Buckland Hills Mall). I ate there a few weeks back...not very impressive. Maybe the NE branches are staying open due to the lack of BBQ competition or perhaps long leases.

    1. The majority here in FL where I live, and in Southern IN where I'm from have closed. Fortunately for myself the location closest to me, Fort Myers, has stayed open. My SO likes to go there for lunch on occasion so he would have been terribly disappointed.

      1. They closed the one in Aurora Illinois. I just do not have that good of a product, and are perhaps only keeping open the stores that still turn a profit.

        I thought the food, and service were very mediocre.

        1. The one in Austin Texas closed, but that was no surprise since we take our BBQ very seriously here and there are so many good places to get it that they did not have a chance !

          1. I've heard that Darden rest's (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze), which is housed in Orlando, were going to sell or close some of the Smokey Bones locations due to loss in revenue.

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            1. re: dmfnole

              Both the west and downtown Indianapolis locations closed. I was surprised, because both seemed to be always busy.

              I didn't think they were great, but they had decent wings and cold beer. The wife and I would sometimes go there and catch a baseball game in the bar.

              1. re: hufferc

                Smokey Bones came to northeast PA a few years ago. I've never eaten at one, but of the two locations that opened (Wilkes-Barre and Dickson City) only the Wilkes-Barre location remains open. The other one closed in what seemed like less than a year.

            2. They are all over the place here in SW Ohio and Dayton area. As a matter of fact, I believe they just opened a new one around the West Chester/Middletown area.

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              1. re: Ranger05

                The Centerville location closed within the past couple of years. It's the only current vacancy in the strip of four restaurants across from Sam's Club and National City (and Rue Domaine) on 725. But the Miller Lane location still lives for the Dayton area.
                As for West Chester, I believe the building used to be Rafferty's.
                IMO, they were the best of the Darden family.

              2. The company (and its profitable units) were sold. They are still alive and well in Orlando! Looks like they have plenty of locations left on their website: http://www.smokeybones.com/

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                1. re: Special K

                  Darden was going to shutter the chain. Instead, they sold the profitable locations to an investment group (Sun Capital) that owns Friendly's Ice Cream stores and a bunch of other restaurant chains.

                2. Smokey Bones is still open in Nashua, NH. IMO it sucks and is nowhere close to authentic BBQ.

                  1. Smokey Bones are still open in north and central Florida. We actually like several of the items on their menu, like the barbecue and the cole slaw. And the service has usually been very good, too.