Since opening Oak and Embers Tavern
(8003 Mayfield Rd., 440-729-4030) in Chesterland four years ago, Marc and Gretchen Garofoli have been going full tilt. That popular restaurant continues to attract large crowds thanks to a winning formula founded on “barbecue, bourbon and beer.” That restaurant was soon joined by a second location (7774 Darrow Rd., 234-602-1056), this one in the former home of Marcelita's Mexican restaurant in Hudson after extensive renovation and construction. That 350-seat, 8,500-square-foot saloon is even busier than the original.
Come fall, a third Oak and Embers will come online, this one at Pinecrest, the development currently taking shape in Orange Village. The 6,000-square-foot eatery will offer the same great mix of smoked meats, Southern comfort foods, bourbon and craft beer. The family friendly tavern will seat 200 and, like the other two shops, smoke meats onsite in a Southern Pride smoker that can handle 3,000 pounds at a go. From that rig will come the same delicious lineup of smoked meats like baby back ribs, beef brisket, pork shoulder, sausages and chicken wings.
“We’re really excited to be there,” says owner Marc Garofoli. “It’s a really great location on the west side of the development, across from the hotel.”
Garofoli says he should be up and smoking by early autumn, also known as bourbon season.
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