Smoken' Joe's BBQ & Blues will close on September 23, according to a very sad Facebook post from the restaurant, which reads, in part: "Since the shutdown last October and November, we have never recovered in our sales and have lost money every month since. We have also spent the last of our retirement savings to keep our dream alive. Joe, who is still recovering from his heart attack has been working in the kitchen to reduce our payroll. As his health continues to deteriorate from exhaustion and stress, he cannot continue doing this. In addition in an effort to address the terrible situation with our landlord we have spent close to $20,000. Now there is nothing left. Last week talk broke down with the landlord over our attempts to put a plan together to go forward."
The shutdown was a result of damage caused by nearby construction and a water main break, which in turn resulted in problems with the landlord, but the restaurant reopened in December.
Head over to the restaurant between now and the 23rd for some final blues and barbecue. There will also be t-shirts and memorabilia for sale.
· Smoken' Joe's BBQ & Blues [FB]
· All coverage of Smoken' Joe's on Eater [~EBOS~]