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Upscale BBQ Joint Route 66 Smokehouse Opens on Stone Steet

By Irene Plagianos | November 1, 2013 4:27pm
 Route 66 Smokeshouse opened on Stone Street in FiDi in October 2013.
Route 66 Smokeshouse Opens on Stone Street
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A taste of Southern comfort food — complete with a barbecue pit — has come to one of the oldest streets in the city.

The upscale, Americana-themed Route 66 Smokehouse opened this week on Stone Street, serving dry-rubbed ribs, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits.

Despite its large size, the two-level barbecue joint, at 46 Stone St. near Coenties Slip, has a cozy feel, thanks in part to its ceilings covered in reclaimed wooden beams.

Ronan Downs, co-owner of Route 66, runs other popular spots along the historic cobblestone path, including The Dubliner and Beckett’s Bar and Grill.

The smokehouse — which takes the place of one of Downs’ older restaurants, the shuttered Water Stone Grill — is located right next to Beckett’s.

The restaurant also features more than 70 types of American whiskeys and a selection of craft beers.