Barbecue is a new addition to the burgeoning downtown Delaware restaurant scene.

Smohked Ohio BBQ & Bar has opened its doors at 14 W. William St. adjacent to 12 West, a Midwestern-style Tex-Mex joint.

Both dining concepts are owned by David DiStefano, who wanted to bring something new to the downtown area.

"We thought there was a marketplace for it," DiStefano said.

The restaurant serves "elevated barbecue," from the food and beverages to the ambience, operations manager Ryan Reidel said.

"This is upscale," but certainly approachable, Reidel said.

Pork, brisket, half chickens and baby-back ribs are smoked in an electric smoker in-house, chef Bob Wood said.

All of the barbecue sauces are mixed on premises.

Platters are served with two classic barbecue sides, ranging from baked beans to potato salad.

Smoked chicken wings are among the appetizer options, which also include grilled-corn chowder, deviled eggs and sweet-potato waffle fries.

Sandwiches -- including lobster rolls and burgers -- plus salads and homemade desserts round out the menu.

DiStefano said Smohked offers regional American barbecue, with Texas, Carolina, Nashville and Kansas City styles represented. All of the smoked meats are rubbed with a dry spice mix, which varies from protein to protein, he said.

As many ingredients as possible are locally sourced, he said.

The narrow interior, which seats 37, is clean and contemporary with some rustic appeal, guided by live-edge wood used as liquor-bottle shelving, tabletops and the custom signage, with the restaurant's name written in metal.

A garage door separates the dining room from the patio, which seats 32.

The beverage program rivals the food, Reidel said.

"A lot of our inspiration came from R&D," or research and development, he said.

That means not only trying to create signature cocktails that lined up well with smoked meats, but also seeing what's popular on the national barbecue scene, he said.

Reidel said the restaurant takes pride in its vast offerings of whiskey, which is among the best in the city, he said.

There are 10 beers on tap, all with an Ohio focus, plus many choices by the bottle and can.

DiStefano opened 12 West four years ago, a year after buying the property. He bought the Smohked parcel, once home to the West End Grill, in April 2017. The buildout for Smohked took a year, he said.

"It was literally falling in," he said.

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