Smokey Bones BBQ & Sports Bar Opens in Springfield

New Restaurant and Sports Bar Offers Authentic Hickory Smoked BBQ



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Darden Restaurants, Inc.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Smokey Bones BBQ & Sports Bar,
 a unique new dining concept that combines great-tasting barbecue with a
 casual, energetic sports atmosphere, opened its doors recently at 1492 Boston
 Road in Springfield, Mass.
     Smokey Bones looks like a rustic mountain lodge -- a casual setting that
 invites you to get comfortable while enjoying St. Louis-style ribs, sliced
 pork, or baby back ribs slow-smoked over genuine hickory logs, all delivered
 by an upbeat, friendly serving staff.  And no barbecue restaurant would be
 complete without a signature barbecue sauce to slather over pulled pork or a
 smoked beef brisket sandwich.  The menu also features steaks and grilled
 salmon.
     Another feature you'll notice at Smokey Bones is its large, lively bar and
 game area.  Springfield-native and General Manager Maria Lough said her new
 BBQ Sports Bar is a "great place for sports fans to watch the game.  We have a
 bar and game area in the back of the dining room and we've strategically
 placed 52 TVs and three big screens throughout the restaurant, so there's not
 a bad seat in the house!"  In addition, each table has an individual sound
 control box that lets you select the games you want to hear.
     Lough boasted that her restaurant has something for everyone, even the
 kids.  "It's a real family friendly place," she said.  "We have a great
 children's menu and entertaining games to keep the kids happy."
     The Smokey Bones "BBQ team" regularly competes and has won awards in
 several barbecue competitions across the southern U.S. and earned the right to
 compete against 250 national level teams in the granddaddy of all barbecue
 competitions, the "Memphis in May World Championships."
     "We make sure our barbecue is done well every day by 'judging' it like we
 were in the finals on the competition circuit," said Lough, who believes there
 are no shortcuts to serving great barbecue.  "True BBQ is an art and we're
 passionate about the details that go into every rack of ribs and slice of
 meat.  It's a passion we look forward to sharing with Springfield."
     Smokey Bones currently has seven restaurants operating in Orlando,
 Columbus, Ohio, Colonie, N.Y., Dartmouth, Mass., and Aurora, Ill.  For more
 information, visit the restaurant's Web site at www.smokeybones.com.
     Darden Restaurants, Inc. is the world's largest casual dining company with
 more than 1,130 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and Smokey Bones
 restaurants, more than 120,000 employees and annual sales of $3.7 billion.
 
 

SOURCE Darden Restaurants, Inc.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Smokey Bones BBQ & Sports Bar,
 a unique new dining concept that combines great-tasting barbecue with a
 casual, energetic sports atmosphere, opened its doors recently at 1492 Boston
 Road in Springfield, Mass.
     Smokey Bones looks like a rustic mountain lodge -- a casual setting that
 invites you to get comfortable while enjoying St. Louis-style ribs, sliced
 pork, or baby back ribs slow-smoked over genuine hickory logs, all delivered
 by an upbeat, friendly serving staff.  And no barbecue restaurant would be
 complete without a signature barbecue sauce to slather over pulled pork or a
 smoked beef brisket sandwich.  The menu also features steaks and grilled
 salmon.
     Another feature you'll notice at Smokey Bones is its large, lively bar and
 game area.  Springfield-native and General Manager Maria Lough said her new
 BBQ Sports Bar is a "great place for sports fans to watch the game.  We have a
 bar and game area in the back of the dining room and we've strategically
 placed 52 TVs and three big screens throughout the restaurant, so there's not
 a bad seat in the house!"  In addition, each table has an individual sound
 control box that lets you select the games you want to hear.
     Lough boasted that her restaurant has something for everyone, even the
 kids.  "It's a real family friendly place," she said.  "We have a great
 children's menu and entertaining games to keep the kids happy."
     The Smokey Bones "BBQ team" regularly competes and has won awards in
 several barbecue competitions across the southern U.S. and earned the right to
 compete against 250 national level teams in the granddaddy of all barbecue
 competitions, the "Memphis in May World Championships."
     "We make sure our barbecue is done well every day by 'judging' it like we
 were in the finals on the competition circuit," said Lough, who believes there
 are no shortcuts to serving great barbecue.  "True BBQ is an art and we're
 passionate about the details that go into every rack of ribs and slice of
 meat.  It's a passion we look forward to sharing with Springfield."
     Smokey Bones currently has seven restaurants operating in Orlando,
 Columbus, Ohio, Colonie, N.Y., Dartmouth, Mass., and Aurora, Ill.  For more
 information, visit the restaurant's Web site at www.smokeybones.com.
     Darden Restaurants, Inc. is the world's largest casual dining company with
 more than 1,130 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and Smokey Bones
 restaurants, more than 120,000 employees and annual sales of $3.7 billion.
 
 SOURCE  Darden Restaurants, Inc.