What's In Store

Midwood Smokehouse founder hungry for expansion

Frank Scibelli, founder of Midwood Smokehouse
Frank Scibelli, founder of Midwood Smokehouse ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

After the successful recent opening of his latest Texas-style BBQ restaurant Midwood Smokehouse, founder Frank Scibelli is hungry for further expansion in Charlotte.

Scibelli, the FS Food Group CEO who recently sold his Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar chain, wants to open up six or seven new Midwood locations by the end of 2016, including about four in the Charlotte area.

Those would add to Midwood’s existing locations – its flagship site in Plaza Midwood and its newly opened, 5,400-square-foot Ballantyne restaurant, which Scibelli said has been “full and busy.”

Scibelli is currently negotiating the lease for a third Midwood Smokehouse in Columbia and is actively eyeing new locations in Huntersville and Mooresville. Besides that, he said he’d like to be in the SouthPark/Park Road area and also likes Matthews and Rock Hill/Fort Mill.

“There are a lot of great little pockets where we could put a Midwood,” Scibelli said.

And it’s all about finding the right location within those areas, he added.

“We would like to do the smoker externally – we cook with all wood. That’s a little bit tricky,” he said. “So we just have to search and find the right location.”

Scibelli’s restaurant concepts also include Mama Ricotta’s and Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, though he said Midwood Smokehouse is perhaps his most popular.

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