New Canterbury restaurant launches in home of old Caribbean BBQ joint

Smoke Shack is now open for business in The Borough
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Canterbury’s wide food offering continues to expand with the launch of a new chicken and barbecue restaurant, taking over the former home of a beloved Caribbean spot. Smoke Shack has now opened its doors in The Borough within the Kings Mile, having moved into the space that previously held Saint Smokeys BBQ House.

After serving the area for nine years, the Smokeys team announced at the end of 2023 that the restaurant here would be packing up and moving to a new home over in St George’s Place. The team said: “We will have a much larger dine-in area reaching up to 85 seats, a separate take away area and also the ability to cater for large parties.

“With the added space comes the ability to add things to our menu and provide for a wider range of customers. We are really excited for everyone to see our new project and be a part of our journey.”

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Once they were settled in their new home, it did not take long for a new occupier for the unit in The Borough to be found. Work to gut out and transform the site began earlier this year and recent weeks saw the shopfront completely repainted ahead of the new opening.

Long gone is the distinct green façade of Saint Smokeys, replaced now with a vibrant yellow shopfront with a new red and black logo for Smoke Shack. Now the restaurant has officially opened its doors and is welcoming its first customers.

Smoke Shack is offering a range of chicken and barbecue-style items, cooked up fresh for customers to enjoy. Much like Smokeys, the new restaurant is also making the most of its outside space, with a sizable outdoor seating area for guests that want to enjoy the warm summer weather while they eat.

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