3.23.2010

Smokey Joe's returns to Saratoga, express style

Lynn Lindsay and Jerry Porreca are no strangers to barbecue, even joking that the tangy sauce runs through their veins.

The local couple is renovating a walk-in restaurant space at 88 Henry St., which has sat empty for a season after Liberty Bell Cheese Steaks vacated the premises.

Smokey Joe’s BBQ Express, as the business is to be called, will seat about 20 to 25 people and offer take-out seven days a week.

“We’re bringing mouthwatering ribs back to Saratoga,” said Lindsay, who worked with Porreca several years ago at the former Porreca’s Gaslight Lounge on Ballston Avenue.

Lindsay will run the Spa City barbecue joint while Porreca maintains Smokey Joe’s Saloon & Grill, a full-service establishment in Lake George.

Baby-back ribs are the specialty menu item, of course, but they’ll complement a full lineup of barbecue staples: pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket, along with wraps, sandwiches and all the fixings: corn bread, sweet potato fries and baked beans.

A liquor license is in the works, Lindsay said.

“It’ll be a laid back place to come and grab good barbecue and a beer, eventually,” she said.

Look for doors to open at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 5.

Call 871-1443 to order ahead or fax orders to 871-1467.

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