Way back in 2000, Restaurant Hospitality named Smokey Bones Barbeque & Sports Bar a Concept of Tomorrow. Our assessment: Darden’s new BBQ chain had the potential to be the Next Big Thing. Thirteen years later and five years after being cut from the Darden team, Smokey Bones stands at 66 units. Last year, current owner Sun Capital Partners brought in Chris Artinian, until recently c.e.o. at Morton’s The Steakhouse, to turn around the brand, now known as Smokey Bones Bar ...

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