The award-winning BBQ competition pitmaster is getting his first brick-and-mortar Virginia restaurant opened after pandemic-related delays and redesigns. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue will open July 31 in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood, at 1051 N. Highland St. It will occupy the space formerly occupied by Citizen Burger Bar.
According to wtop.com, “Smokecraft was originally scheduled to open this spring. Owner and pitmaster Andrew Darneille held off to adapt the restaurant to COVID-19 times with an altered seating layout for social distancing, necessary health and safety precautions, and a takeout program with to-go drinks. Darneille and his Bethesda, Maryland -based team at Smokecraft Championship BBQ have won more than 70 awards, including Reserve Grand Champions at the York County BBQ Festival in Delta, Pennsylvania last month.”
As per wtop.com, “In addition to traditional barbecue fare, the “modern” in Smokecraft Modern Barbecue includes things such as grilled peach and prosciutto crostini, smoked spaghetti squash, a smoked Monte Cristo, slow-smoked pastrami hash and smoked avocado deviled eggs. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. Fridays and starting at 10 a.m. weekends with the addition of brunch.”