The Smoke Joint BBQ has new owners and a new menu.
Joey Joslin and his fiancé, Ryanne Wheat, now co-own the restaurant and hosted a grand grand re-opening on Nov. 14 to introduce the changes. The event included tickets being raffled for a cruise, an HD TV, gift certificates to local businesses and various types of electronics. The restaurant is located on 102 W. Seventh St.
Joslin, who is also the catering manager, broadcast the event live on KFUN 92.5 FM, which has a small booth inside the Smoke Joint restaurant.
“We wanted to introduce people to the new ownership,” Joslin said.
There were also new items on the menu and some old favorites, Joslin said. The menu features items such as tri tip, pulled pork, hot wings, ribs, chicken, hot links and brisket. There are sandwiches, salads, platters and family packs.
Joslin and Wheat, who is also the restaurant manager, had a dream of one day opening their own restaurant. Their dreams came true when they officially took over from the previous owner on Sept. 28.
“It’s just an amazing outpour of support,” Wheat said of the community's reception of their new venture.
Over 1,200 people attended the grand opening, Joslin said.
Wheat said the grand re-opening exceeded expectations. She wanted the event to be successful and knew it was when she noticed many people ordering a second plate throughout the event.
Both owners said that one of their main priorities is to keep things local. They buy products from local stores, including Best Buy Market and tortillas from El Tarasco, which is right next door.
“We’re really big on fresh,” Wheat said. “We smoke our meat on the premises.”
The Smoke Joint restaurant delivers to local businesses within walking distance, and Wheat adds that they want to work on extending delivery area.
She said that they always support local businesses in the hopes of being helped in return. The Smoke Joint restaurant caters to multiple events, and participates in local fundraisers to help the community and promote the restaurant. In addition, the popular Smoke Joint truck drives around town and acts like a mobile billboard.
“We are learning what it takes about being a downtown business,” Wheat said.
For Thanksgiving the restaurant smoked homemade turkeys for people to enjoy. They will do the same thing in December. From Dec. 9-23, people will be able to order a smoked turkey that can be picked up the next day, Wheat said.
Events that the Smoke Joint has coming up are a few fundraisers and catering for local events such as Toys For Tots. The restaurant provides catering for special events, farmer’s markets, street fairs and company parties.
The restaurant is currently working on obtaining a beer and wine license and perhaps have a grand beer opening, Joslin said.
“You go into business to build something, and maybe pass something down to your children. But you can’t build a legacy without doing right by the community,” Joslin said.