Barbecue restaurant moving to downtown Port Huron
Smoke on the Water BBQ and Catering is moving to downtown Port Huron.
Owner Nick Hartig has wanted to open a restaurant downtown for years because of the liveliness it has to offer. He said the additional space will not only offer more seating than the current location, but will allow the restaurant to expand its menu and host events.
“I’m excited to see this place fill up and bumping with people,” Hartig said.
As for the menu, Smoke on the Water may add steaks and smoked pizza alongside its current items. Smoke on the Water is known for its barbeque related menu, with items such as smoked brisket, pulled pork and burgers.
Smoke on the Water will be moving to 213 Huron Ave., formerly home to Fuel Woodfire Grill.
Hartig said there is no set date for when the new location will be opened. He said it depends on when the new liquor license will be finalized. However, Hartig said he hopes to officially open sometime this summer.
“I’m excited to see the streets packed with people, Boat Week and just downtown coming back to life,” he said.
Hartig said when he signed a three-year lease at his current location at 3954 24th Ave., his soon to be building became available. Now, he and his staff at slowly transitioning to the new location. His current lease officially ends this summer.
The current location will close after everything has been finalized for the downtown location.
The community got to see a glimpse of the new location during the Chili Fest. Smoke on the Water participated in the chili cook off Saturday, and Hartig said it was a nice introduction to downtown.
“It was good exposure,” he said. “It was a good first event of many we’ll be having down here.”
Smoke on the Water got voted the best chili in Port Huron in the people’s choice category.
Hartig said customers seem just as excited as he is about the move.
“The community has shown nothing but support for the restaurant,” Hartig said. “We opened during COVID just as a takeout place, and the public’s feedback has been huge.”
The new location will have three distinct vibes. The front bar area will be focused around sports, with signage of different teams and TVs showing games. The main dining room will keep the restaurant’s current rock and roll theme and host live music.
Downstairs will have a speakeasy feel and be ideal for group events because of its space and privacy, Hartig said.
Until further notice, Smoke on the Water is operating as normal at its current location.
Contact McKenna Golat at email@example.com or (810) 292-0122.
This article originally appeared on Port Huron Times Herald: Smoke on the Water is moving to downtown Port Huron