Holy smoke, that was fast.
It appears that Holy Smoke BBQ, which opened just a couple of months ago after a nearly three-year construction project, has closed. On Saturday, a note that a delivery attempt for a Fed-Ex package was taped to the front door with a time of 2:15 p.m. Friday. Calls made to the restaurant’s phone number — including calls during published business hours — were answered by a recording that announced the barbecue restaurant was in its soft opening. Today, calls bring a phone company recording that the number has been disconnected.
A regrouping would have been understandable. The restaurant clearly had difficulties that needed to be addressed, including, as I noted in my review of Holy Smoke earlier this month, problems with keeping key items in stock. But to close entirely after such a short period is curious.
Holy Smoke BBQ took over a former Eckerd’s drug store space next to a Winn-Dixie supermarket on Curry Ford Road at Crystal Lake Drive. It featured a large main dining area with adjoining bar, but it appeared, at least from the outside through partially obscured windows, that there was additional space, perhaps for banquets, still being renovated.
On another note, All American Cafe, which closed its space at the corner of Fern Creek Road and Kaley Street late last year, has reopened in a former Beef O’Brady’s just next to the same Winn-Dixie.
Another imminent closing came to light over the weekend. Delish New York Bakery in the plaza at Sand Lake Road and Turkey Lake Road anchored by Whole Foods, will close next weekend. In a letter citing, among other reasons, a dispute with the landlord, the owners said will close after three years. The letter, posted on the bakery’s Facebook page, also blames the economy but also the owners’ own inexperience.
Delish had a loyal — albeit, apparently, too small — following that enjoyed its baked goods as well as what some transplanted New Yorkers claimed an excellent pastrami sandwich. As the letter states, orders are still being taken, but all goods must be picked up by Sunday, February 26.