South Philly Smokhaus

Good Food. Great Memories.

If you follow the lingering aroma of burning wood that brings memories of family gatherings and great food it will lead you to the doorstep of South Philly Smokhaus. The smoker is burning around the clock so that they can offer a wide variety of smoked meats including brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage and chicken quarters. In addition to the meat offerings there are a variety of sandwiches, sides and desserts.

Project size: 2,000 sf
Program: Convert a former vocational school’s auto repair shop into a full-service barbecue restaurant

plenty of wood for the in house smoker! (photo by Bart Bajda / Toner Architects)

Efficient spaces that plan for equipment mobility and ample room for people maneuvering large trays.

Eric hard at work. (photo by Bart Bajda / Toner Architects)

The owner hard at work. (photo by Bart Bajda / Toner Architects)

Starting Up.

The owner of South Philly Smokhaus, originally came to us with an idea to open an authentic Texas-style barbecue restaurant in South Philadelphia. Unfortunately he had no building. We toured a few options together, and he ultimately chose to locate in the Bok Building in East Passyunk. The space was raw, having been the former auto body shop when Bok was an operating Technical School. We worked with him to bring his vision to life; “a place to talk, laugh, and eat”.

Tapping into Skilled Neighbor Companies

Part of the overall concept was to include the work of other businesses within the Bok building. Everything from the architecture and interior design to the tabletops, chandelier, and wall finishes were produced hyper-locally. SPS received bread deliveries daily from neighbor Machine Shop Boulangerie, and photography is done in the building, as well. (You can read more about these companies on our blog.)

To continue the theme of inclusivity, even the butcher has a place. Passio Prime Meats has its own counter inside the restaurant, serving fresh cuts daily.

mmmmm . . . meat (photo by Bart Bajda / Toner Architects)

Meat – Downstairs. Mmmm   (photo by Bart Bajda / Toner Architects)

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