SMYRNA, Ga. — A new barbecue joint is set to open in a location formerly occupied by a Smyrna landmark.
The Crafty Hog opens for lunch at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, Smyrna City Councilman Ron Fennel said today in an email to constituents. The restaurant had a soft opening on New Year’s Eve, the councilman said.
The Crafty Hog is opening in a location on Concord Road formerly occupied by Howard’s, an iconic restaurant that opened in 1964 and closed last year.
“Owner John Gibney has made a substantial investment and is eager to welcome customers to what will quickly become a favorite lunch and dinner destination,” Fennel said in his email.
Until its closing, Howard’s had long been a favorite of Smyrna residents and local politicos, including Mayor Max Bacon, who has used Howard’s as a meeting spot for supporters on election day. Howard’s also served as the backdrop for a scene in the Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah movie “Joyful Noise,” released in 2012.
Howard’s occupied the Concord Road location since 1991. The building previously housed a Western Sizzlin restaurant.