According to a story on a local website, the Roadhouse, the somewhat new beer bar from David Ciccolo, owner of the Publick House and Publick House Provisions, will no longer be using its custom-built, 4,500 pound smoker due to odor complaints from nearby residents. The battle between the locals, including members of a nearby synagogue, and the restaurant has been quietly brewing for sometime. At a recent meeting, according to the article, Ciccolo decided to throw in the towel on the smoker, a massive device housed next door to the restaurant, instead of installing expensive equipment designed to minimize the cooking smell. After the company’s lengthy battle with city and state regulators over a liquor license for the Publick House Provisions store and nearly being Yelped to death by the foodie peanut gallery, one can certainly understand the reticence at battling on yet another front with city bureaucrats and neighbors. No word on whether the company will have some of its meat smoked off-site, as some other local restaurants prefer to do.
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