Smokin’ Barrel Sports Bar expects August opening in Hoboken
We also noticed a plethora of flat-panel TV’s going up… gotta get those “important” things that makes a restaurant “really good” up and tested, right? Thank God!
Anyway – are you wondering if Smokin’ Barrel will be one of those places with “heart and soul,” like a mom & pop operated restaurant?
Hard to tell, because it’s actually part of what is essentially an investment group called NBP Holdings. These restaurants are more for the sole purpose of “making money” than the passion for cooking or forming a relationship with their regular customers.
NBP Holdings runs the Tilted Kilt (franchise) in Hoboken and Jersey City, the upcoming World of Beer (franchise) at the former Melting Pot spot (franchise) it’s replacing, as well as other “franchises” like The Counter burgers (in Clifton, NJ) and the How Do You Roll sushi chain (coming soon to NYC area).
But in the end, we have no problem with capitalists trying to make money with the restaurant-model line of businesses. You wouldn’t have chains of familiar and convenient restaurants across the country without them. However, can you tell the difference between franchise-food and other choices?
Description: Smokin’ Barrel Sports Bar and Barbecue Restaurant. Booze and TV’s. What else is new in Hoboken?
Address: 1313 Willow Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030