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Jul 1, 2009 06:55 AM

Roadhouse to Shut Down Smokers


As if this place wasn't already bad enough, now they can't even smoke their own meat.

"The Roadhouse will stop using their smoker to cook meat, after neighbors complained of the smell."

  1. They day I stop enjoying the smell of smoking meats is the day I am replaced by a pod-person. I would lease them space in my backyard (with a smoker use easement). I do wonder what they are going to do about this, I have yet to go based on the negative-to-passable reviews.

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    1. re: nsenada

      Roadhouse is across the street from the Chassidic center, and I'm guessing that the constant odor of smoking pork is quite bothersome/offensive to them. Now that I think of it, I probably would not appreciate constant smoke infiltrating my home during this "open window" season....getting in my clothes, towels, etc.

    2. Not like they ever made anything that could pass as decent BBQ anyways. The beer list is the only thing that would draw me back.

      1. Much as I LOVE Q, smoked meat, and the smell of a smoker, I would not want to be next door to a serious smoke house all summer with my windows open myself. It would be just plain annoying after a while. Add the Chassidic center to the mix and it is just a plain bad site for a smoker.

        There is a reason most Q places are in commercially zoned areas, or out in the country.

        Great idea to begin with to set up a BBQ place in a densely populated residential area of Brookline. Naw, none of the neighbors will care about having billowing clouds of pig smoke blowing in their windows all summer. This will blend right in to the neighborhood...

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        1. re: StriperGuy

          Most BBQ places are out in the country? Really? I never knew that West Newton, Arlington and Allston were classified as country.

          Roadhouse is located in a commercially zoned area with other restaurants surrounding it so people need to ease up. The owner voluntarily chose to shutdown the smoker out of respect for the neighbors. Personally, I would have put up more of a fight.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            The article made note that the smoker was custom-built, but that the owner of the restaurant miscalculated the size, and ended up having to lease an adjacent space to fit it in the place. That tells me a couple of things: This is no ordinary smoker - It's HUGE and it must be emanating a LOT of smoke, compared to what I might consider to be an average smoker for a restaurant. The other thing it tells me is that the owner REALLY did not think this thing through very well, buying a rig that's too big for the original place. Not a heck of a lot of forethought going into this decision.

          2. And thus ensuring that I'll not even bother to go there now ...

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            1. re: jgg13

              No big loss. this place is a joke of a BBQ establishment anyway. I can't believe folks wait long periods of time for a table at this place.

            2. We're locking this topic, since the announcement has been made about shutting down the smokers at Roadhouse. The thread was getting contentious, as well.