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|Headquarters||8529 South Park Circle
Orlando, Florida 32810
|Area served||United States|
|Employees||14,000 (2007)|
|Parent||Barbeque Integrated, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners|
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill (or simply Smokey Bones) is an American casual dining restaurant chain. Owned by Barbeque Integrated Inc. and under the umbrella of Sun Capital Partners, Smokey Bones is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The first Smokey Bones restaurant opened in Orlando in 1999 under its then owners, Darden Restaurants, Inc.. Currently,[when?] Smokey Bones has 66 restaurants in 17 Eastern states.
On May 5, 2007, it was announced that Darden Restaurants was selling Smokey Bones. The chain was sold to Barbeque Integrated Inc., in December 2007 for approximately $80 million.
After purchasing Smokey Bones, Sun Capital Partners had been working on re-branding and redesigning the restaurant in an attempt to capture a new customer base. In one noticeable change, the name was revised from Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill to Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.
In August 2008, Smokey Bones completed its first restaurant makeover at its Waterford Lakes location in Orlando, Florida. The log cabin decor has been replaced with a more contemporary restaurant setting. The highlights include an extended bar area, high-definition televisions throughout the restaurant/bar and updated employee uniforms. A new menu has also been implemented, emphasizing less on barbeque and more on grilled and smoked flavors.
Since then, all locations have received some level of remodeling.
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- Mark Chediak (September 1, 2008). "Smokey Bones shows off new look, feel". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 13, 2012.