Monday, July 8, 2013
Dallas’ Lockhart Smokehouse to open sibling barbecue joint in Plano
The owners want a north Dallas location that will serve those who live in the 'burbs.
PLANO The owners of Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff will open a second location in Plano by the end of the year. Jeff and Jill Bergus are part of a trend of Dallas-established restaurants going northward this year -- like Katy Trail Ice House and East Hampton Sandwich Co., to name a few.
The new Lockhart Smokehouse will take the place of a former antique shop in East Plano, at 1026 East 15th Street in the downtown Plano district. The exact opening date isn't set yet, said Jill Bergus.
The Berguses decided to open a second place north in part because many of their staffers live in that vicinity. "We wanted something that was far enough away that wouldn't interfere with our business here, or compete against it," said Jeff Bergus. "But we all live up north in that area and felt like it would be a good opportunity to do what we do here [in Bishop Arts]."
Expect the same menu -- that includes their famous Kreuz sausage -- and similar decor to the Oak Cliff original. They will rotate some of their staffers from the Bishop Arts location to work the pit at the new place, but will also hire new employees, said Jeff Bergus. The Berguses will buy another smoker from Dallas company A.N. Bewley to service their Plano restaurant.
The new restaurant is the same size as the Oak Cliff location and will need some remodeling, like adding bathrooms and bringing it up to code. "We're not going bigger, bolder, better," said Jeff Bergus, "we're just doing what we do."
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