Rather than rush a grand opening, the owners of Legacy Smokehouse, 3987 Main St., announced Dec. 4 they once again would postpone the event by a week, this time to Dec. 15.

“It pains me to have to knock it back one more week but we just passed all our inspections and instead of rushing the final details, I want to make sure our grand opening is as perfect as it can be,” co-owner Chad Smock said.

The grand opening was set for Saturday, Dec. 8, and that date was a postponement from Dec. 1 to allow for the completion of final inspections, Smock said previously.

Last month, Smock acknowledged public interest in Legacy Smokehouse's opening while it has been delayed several months.

In March, Smock and his partners, Brian Jordan and Ty Sells, said they anticipated an opening in June but time required for zoning changes and permits led to delays in its opening.

“I know people are anxious as I am. I promise it will be worth the wait,” Smock said.

Legacy Smokehouse will occupy a former antique bookstore in Old Hilliard. A 700-square-foot addition was built on it to create a 1,600-square-foot restaurant fronting Main Street.

The trio of Legacy owners got their start dishing up barbecue from a mobile smoker off High Street in south Columbus.

They also own Legacy Smokehouse and Saloon at 340 Greenlawn Ave. near Columbus’ Brewery District.