BY SARAH STEPHENS, OWNER/EDITOR – PHOTOS BY BOB EALUM
When police are called to a new business on the first day it opens, it isn’t always a good thing.
But that is not the case for the Smokehouse Pit Barbecue location on Main Street Millbrook, as police were only called to handle traffic issues on opening day Oct. 8.
The day began early with a huge welcome to the new business from the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce, city and county officials and residents. With the traditional ribbon cutting complete, the crew then went back to work to prepare for the 11 a.m. rush expected from excited customers. The business owners and staff were not disappointed.
Filled to capacity and a waiting line throughout opening day, some of those who planned on attending to eat lunch or dinner admitted they turned around and decided to wait another day.
“We are so proud to welcome the Azar family to Millbrook, honored that they chose us, and look forward to a long, wonderful relationship,” Mayor Al Kelley said.
SaraAnn Azar, who is handling the marketing for the restaurant, said the owners have been so pleased with the services and help from the city, the excitement of area residents, and the ability to continue the tradition of the original Smoke House Barbecue first established by the McLeod family in 1990. The staff includes a former pit master for Smokehouse Barbecue.
Co-Owner Norman Azar explained that guests will have the option of six different sauces to go with their barbecue, representing geographical areas across the country. “There is a sauce for everyone,” he told Mayor Kelley, as he explained each of the sauces and the area from which they come.
Owners have put a roof over what was recently an open area that includes a fire pit outside. There is a large inside sitting area with waitress service. The business also has take-out orders still available. Some of the well-loved old recipes of the past are back including the barbecue beans, potato salad and banana pudding. Visitors will also find some new items on the menu.
This is just the first phase of plans for the business, SaraAnn said. There will be more announcements of new items and services in the near future.
Follow their progress on Facebook under Smokehouse Pit Barbecue.