8/6: Smokecraft Modern Barbecue is slated to open in Arlington in Spring 2020
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Award-Winning BBQ Restaurant Comes to Clarendon
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue is slated to open in Arlington in Spring 2020
Arlington, VA (August 6, 2019)—The award-winning team behind Smokecraft Championship BBQ is pleased to announce its first brick and mortar restaurant, Smokecraft Modern Barbecue, slated for a Spring 2020 opening in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood at 1051 N Highland Street. Smokecraft will offer a menu to satisfy every taste as well as outdoor dining, varied beverage options, and late-night specials. The space is located on the ground floor of a 10-story, LEED certified office building owned by KBS, one of the largest owners of premier commercial real estate in the country.
“It’s long been a dream to open our own restaurant, and we are excited to bring our award-winning barbecue to the Arlington community,” said Smokecraft Owner & Operating Partner Andrew Darneille. “Our goal is to continue to push the boundaries of what barbecue is and can be. This has driven our success, including our Turkey Smoke Grand Championship at this year’s Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle here in DC, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”
Smokecraft is installing a pair of Southern Pride commercial smokers which will allow the team to simultaneously smoke over 2,000 pounds of meat while using an assortment of woods to create various smoked flavors. Award-winning Pitmaster Marc “Red” Leone’s menu boasts modern takes on a variety of barbecue favorites, offering something for everyone. Pulling unique flavors and ingredients from around the country, potential options include a reverse-seared tri-tip sirloin, smoked duck, chipotle maple cedar plank salmon, and smoked spaghetti squash. Distinctive weekend brunch offerings include Smokecraft’s award-winning smoked Monte Cristo, slow-smoked pastrami hash, and pulled chicken & waffles. The expansive 30-foot bar will be the perfect backdrop to showcase Smokecraft’s diverse beverage program, featuring a seasonally rotating variety of handcrafted cocktails and 10 craft beers on tap to enjoy.
Award-winning DC-based firm Grizform Design Architects, led by Owner and Principal Griz Dwight, will transform the 3,460 square-foot restaurant into a modern barbecue destination. A dynamic seating layout will accommodate 95 diners with an additional 20 seats for outdoor dining. The design team will employ natural, organic elements like stained wood and veneers, brick, stone, metal, and warm lighting throughout the eatery. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to work with Smokecraft Modern Barbecue to bring a modern design to the residents of Arlington, emphasizing the fundamental barbecue ingredients: wood, brick, fire, steel, and secret sauce,” said Griz Dwight.
According to KBS Senior VP and Asset Manager Stephen Close, 3003 Washington Boulevard is a prime location for Smokecraft’s very first restaurant. “This property is located in an urban walkable village approximately two miles from Washington D.C.,” says Close. “Based on this irreplaceable location, Smokecraft Modern Barbecue will benefit from built-in patronage from our building’s office tenants and employees, as well as the ability to quickly connect with the surrounding community. Just as Smokecraft continuously pushes the boundaries of an exceptional culinary experience, KBS is constantly innovating and delivering the very highest level of amenities to our properties throughout the US. These like-minded goals make Smokecraft an excellent match for this building.”
Leading up to the restaurant’s opening in 2020, the Smokecraft team will continue to compete throughout the Mid-Atlantic, fine tuning recipes and tricks of the trade. Follow Smokecraft Modern Barbecue on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For more information about Smokecraft, please visit www.smokecraftbbq.com.
About Smokecraft Modern Barbecue
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue is an award-winning barbecue restaurant, opening in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, in Spring 2020. Born from the idea that barbecue can be more than just traditional, smoke can be more than just smoky, and passion can be crafted, Smokecraft is a team of dedicated members always striving to provide the best culinary experience. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue’s award-winning techniques are tested and perfected on the competition circuit, and the team is continuously evolving to push the boundaries of barbecue. For more information, visit www.smokecraftbbq.com.
About GrizForm Design Architects
Founded in 2003, GrizForm Design Architects is a leading hospitality design and architecture firm with award-winning work and a team that prides itself on its craftsmanship, strong attention to detail, awareness of historical context, and innovation. Grizform produces creative solutions for clients, including contemporary design concepts, cutting-edge design and architectural solutions, and pushes the design envelope further through the incorporation of unique materials or subtle historical references. Known as the go-to architects and designers for restaurateurs and global brands for more than a decade, GrizForm’s portfolio includes major hospitality and restaurant brands including Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Legal Sea Foods, BonChon, All Purpose Pizzeria, Founding Farmers, and more. To learn more about the team and their work, please visit grizform.com.
KBS is a private equity real estate company and an SEC-registered investment adviser. Founded in 1992 by Peter Bren and Chuck Schreiber, it is recognized as one of the largest commercial office owners globally. Since inception, KBS-affiliated companies have completed transactional activity of approximately $40 billion via 16 separate accounts and six commingled funds, for government and corporate pension funds. Additionally, KBS has sponsored five sovereign wealth funds and seven SEC-registered, non-traded REITs. For more information on KBS, its properties and real estate portfolios, please visit KBS.com. For information about KBS’ current offerings, please visit KBSDIRECT.com, an online portal for self-directed accredited investors to participate in institutional-quality real estate without paying up-front fees or commissions. Registration as an investment adviser does not imply any particular level of skill or training.