Changes keep coming to the restaurant scene in StoneCrest at Piper Glen shopping center.
Smoke Modern Barbecue, a Colorado-based barbecue restaurant that launched in 2007, recently signed a lease to occupy the 5,000-square-foot location in StoneCrest, formerly home to City Tavern. City Tavern closed last fall.
The location will be the restaurant’s second in North Carolina after launching its first location in Hunterville’s Birkdale Village, which opened on Feb. 9. The south Charlotte location is expected to open in July.
Tyler Michael, spokesperson for Smoke Modern Barbecue, described the food as “sexy, upscale, but relaxed barbecue.” The menu features classics such as smoked pulled pork plates and barbecue pulled chicken alongside unique options like shrimp sausage mac-n-cheese and jalapeno beef sausage. The barbecue, which Michael said draws inspiration from across the south and southeast including the Carolinas, Texas and Tennessee, also will feature five homemade sauces.
“The food is elevating barbecue to a different level,” Michael said. “We smoke it slow and low over hickory… there’s also a lot of variety on the menu.”
Chef and owner Jamie Theriot partnered with longtime Charlotte restaurateur Dennis Thompson, one of the owners of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill StoneCrest location, to launch Smoke Modern Barbecue in the greater Charlotte area.
StoneCrest’s newest restaurant venture will join recent additions such as Basil Thai and Pearlz Oyster Bar, slated to open this year. Former StoneCrest restaurant tenants whose leases expired and were not renewed have said property management group Jones Lang LaSalle is interested in bringing more upscale dining options, like Smoke Modern Barbecue, to the shopping center.
“Inside, the restaurant will be young, hip, casual but comfortable,” Michael said. “The walls will have great artwork and the bar area will have a hip vibe and be very colorful. I think it will add a good mix to StoneCrest.”
Jeff Wakem will be the restaurant’s general manager. He said the Birkdale Village launch was successful and expects the same result in StoneCrest.
“You can’t beat that location,” he said. “We’re really excited.”