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Smokemeat Pete's getting torn down/renovated

Chocolatesa Feb 12, 2013 07:52 AM

So my sister texted me saying she heard they were tearing down Smokemeat Pete's, so I called their number and there was a message saying they're closed for the month of February for renovations and will reopen on the 2nd of March and host a party with free cake for Pete's birthday. Got quite a scare cause I love the place. I'll be curious to see what it looks like!

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    Getthestorystraight Feb 9, 2014 06:40 PM

    Heads up everyone. The renovations are done. Pete's shuts down for vacation feb 2-the grand reopening for Pete's birthday march 8 th. Hope you all can make it.

    1. Ruthie789 Feb 20, 2013 10:26 AM

      My Dad and my brother love the smoked meat there. I do not find any charm in the decor, I hope they shine it up.

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      1. re: Ruthie789
        maj54us Feb 10, 2014 06:12 AM

        As long as the food is good don't really care about the decor

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          Ruthie789 Feb 10, 2014 10:28 AM

          I felt I should have a sanitizer on hand when I last ate there. It needed a shine. The tables were sticky but I am Miss Finicky.

          1. re: Ruthie789
            Shattered Feb 11, 2014 01:36 AM

            You'd hate Schwartz. If you could even stomach St-Laurent.

            1. re: Shattered
              Ruthie789 Feb 11, 2014 04:58 AM

              You are probably right but I do love smoked meat.

      2. biggreenmatt Feb 14, 2013 06:38 AM

        Just so long as it still reeks of smoker-smoke and beer: renovate away!!

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        1. re: biggreenmatt
          Zalbar Feb 15, 2013 09:33 AM

          Reminds me of the last time I was there. Mother and her special little snowflake wanted seating in an area that didn't smell of smoke as her child was allergic.

          Why would you come to a place that smokes and grills meat if your kid has problems with smoke.

          Not really picking on them for not wanting to be around smoke, some people dislike it, but honestly. I don't go to a steakhouse and ask what their vegan options are.

          1. re: Zalbar
            catroast Feb 15, 2013 09:37 AM

            most restaurants that smoke and grill meat have a little something called a ventilation system

            1. re: catroast
              Gloriaa Feb 15, 2013 11:59 AM

              Why the sarcasm? All restaurants have a ventilation system, it is required by law, but some smells linger more than others. Ever smell like curry after you eat in an Indian resto? Or fried food at a greasy spoon? Etc...

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                catroast Feb 15, 2013 01:15 PM

                rarely have i ever left a restaurant smelling of it. mostly because i do not eat over the deep fryer.

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                  Gloriaa Feb 15, 2013 01:25 PM

                  Easy! No need to be aggressive IMHO there are some restaurant smells that you carry home with you, and no I do not eat in the kitchen over the deep fryer.

                2. re: Gloriaa
                  maj54us Feb 10, 2014 06:10 AM

                  @Gloria: Many restaurant don't use the ventilation system or have a very bad system that doesn't suck the smoke out properly.

                3. re: catroast
                  porker Feb 15, 2013 11:59 AM

                  Yeah, like this place

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                    jonhall Feb 15, 2013 01:25 PM

                    Well whatever work they are doing to the place, they are doing a fantastic job at hiding it. I drive by every day and there are never any vehicles in the parking lot indicating that there is someone doing any work. I am convinced there are no renovations being done and it's just their usual month off they do every year at this time.

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                      porker Feb 15, 2013 01:53 PM

                      "...they were tearing down Smokemeat Pete's...they're closed...will reopen on the 2nd of March"

                      Seems they're a little pressed for time - about 2 weeks to begin the tear-down, do the rebuild, and open for business...

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                        catroast Feb 15, 2013 02:15 PM

                        they should call restaurant makeover.

                    2. re: porker
                      biggreenmatt Feb 15, 2013 08:29 PM

                      We should be so lucky. Sigh.

                      There's a lesson here, though.

                      1. re: biggreenmatt
                        porker Feb 16, 2013 04:51 AM

                        Yeah, "don't drive all the way from Toronto expecting a brand, spanking new, better than ever, restaurant based on hearsay and rumor..."

                      2. re: porker
                        Shattered Feb 16, 2013 09:40 AM

                        @ porker: mmmm (the photo) Wherezat?

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                          porker Feb 17, 2013 06:39 AM

                          had to pick up some stuff at electronics place around corner yesterday. SMP closed but not torn down.

                          1. re: Shattered
                            JerkPork Feb 18, 2013 10:33 AM

                            Porker's photo is unfortunately from a place far far away, southern US, can't remember what state but I recognize the dude from cooking/travel shows. i.e No Reservations amongst others, probably DDD too.

                            1. re: JerkPork
                              porker Feb 18, 2013 11:42 AM

                              The guy is Ed Mitchel, a pitmaster from North Carolina. I assume the pict (I grabbed it off the web) is from his old restaraunt The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina.
                              He's a kind of mentor of mine and I met him a coupla times in New York.
                              He was featured in an episode of Man vs. Food as seen here
                              and was on a Bobbly Flay Throwdown episode.

                              Unless you mean the other picture - thats Smoked Meat Pete's place in Île Perot {;-/)

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                                Shattered Feb 19, 2013 10:48 AM

                                Cool, thanks.

                                1. re: porker
                                  Zalbar Feb 19, 2013 12:54 PM

                                  If you want some good quality time with the internet start checking out


                                  I can't get enough of that guy's reviews.

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                      jonhall Feb 12, 2013 01:23 PM

                      Pete's closes every year for a month so this is nothing new.

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                      1. re: jonhall
                        JerkPork Feb 12, 2013 07:27 PM

                        OP is reporting that Pete's is undergoing renovations so it is something new and noteworthy. There's always the rival, Delibees.

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                        EaterBob Feb 12, 2013 01:04 PM

                        First Mr. Steer, now Smoke Meat Pete's. Where's a soul to eat these days?!

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