Hot chicken will soon replace barbecue in Fort Greene. Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman shuttered their 12-year-old neighborhood barbecue spot the Smoke Joint and plan to open a new outpost of their Bed-Stuy fried chicken destination Peaches HotHouse in its stead, the New York Times reports.
Opening seven years before Hometown Bar-B-Que hit the scene, the Smoke Joint was at the forefront of barbecue restaurants that combine traditional Southern smoked meats with NYC-specific flavors and dishes, as with its house-smoked hot dog. According to the Times, Samuel and Grossman, who have taken on Smoke Joint cook Damian Laverty-McDowell as a new partner, plan to relocate the barbecue restaurant to the Catskills next spring. The Times cites an over-saturation of barbecue in Brooklyn as Samuel and Grossman’s motivation for closing the restaurant.
Meanwhile, the space at 87 South Elliott Pl., between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street will flip into a new Peaches HotHouse. The original Bed-Stuy location is one of the few restaurants in NYC serving up Nashville-style hot chicken and has been wildly popular since it opened in 2010. According to the official website, the Fort Greene addition will similarly serve an all-day menu of hot chicken and Southern sides.
The team also runs Peaches Shrimp & Crab in Clinton Hill and popular brunch spot Peaches in Stuyvesant Heights. Eater has reached out for more information about the switch-up.