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Texas BBQ restaurant prepping for second Charlotte location

The original Midwood Smokehouse is in Plaza Midwood at 1401 Central Ave. The restaurant is hiring for its new location in Ballantyne.
The original Midwood Smokehouse is in Plaza Midwood at 1401 Central Ave. The restaurant is hiring for its new location in Ballantyne. THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

A Texas-style barbecue joint in Charlotte is prepping for the upcoming opening of its second Charlotte location.

Midwood Smokehouse – which, as its name implies, currently operates a restaurant in Plaza Midwood – is hiring for its new store in Ballantyne, which is supposed to open “soon,” the restaurant said on its Facebook page this week.

Midwood Smokehouse is hiring for servers, line cooks, host staff and bartenders, who can all apply in person at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Ballantyne Commons weekdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

The restaurant said “things are starting to take shape inside,” though no exact opening date has been set.

The 5,400 square-foot restaurant will have an outdoor patio, private dining room, bar and revamped kitchen layout “to better accommodate the restaurant’s expanding catering business,” Midwood said in a statement.

Recently, Midwood Smokehouse founder and FS Food Group CEO Frank Scibelli traveled to Texas for “barbecue boot camp.” He met with James Beard Award-winning chef and food writer Robb Walsh in Austin and Houston in search of new menu inspiration.

“Barbecue is much more than a good meal in Texas, it’s a way of life,” Scibelli said in a recent statement. “I am always seeking to hone our craft, and when you go on a trip like this, you are learning from people who have made barbecue with the same family recipe for 80 years.”

FS Food Group operates other Charlotte restaurants, including Mama Ricotta’s and Paco’s Tacos & Tequila.

The original Midwood Smokehouse is at 1401 Central Ave., Suite 101. Its new restaurant will be at 12410 Johnston Road, the spot that used to be Sticky Fingers.

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