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Great Yankee, with John Brooker (from right), Joe Fusco and Stuart Gilreath. Smoke BBQ, formerly operating as a food truck, is now open downtown at 487 King Street. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, June 25, 2015

Smoke BBQ

Even motorcycle paraphernalia couldn’t turn the shotgun space at 487 King St. into a convincing vegan cafe. Motobar, the meatless biker bar, only survived a few short months before calling it quits in March.

But the interiors are ideal for barbecue, says Roland Feldman of Smoke BBQ. “(It) looks as if it was meant to host barbecue all along,” says Feldman, who last fall launched Smoke as a food truck. Its permanent location opened in early June.

“We will continue what we started on the truck, creating perfect barbecue and then applying it to fun creative sandwich options,” promises Feldman, a former Peninsula Grill cook.

The menu at Smoke includes pork, chicken and brisket, plated with sides or sandwiched on a Brown’s Court roll with pickled jalapenos, sauce and cheese. The sandwich menu also features a pastrami Reuben and Cuban that were hugely popular with truck customers.

Even with the existing barbecue vibe, Feldman plans to further customize the dining room by “taking traditional BBQ signs and adding a touch of finesse.”

Smoke BBQ’s kitchen is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday. For more information, call 805-5050.

Hanna Raskin