Smoked meats, gyros, burgers, brisket and Caribbean specials are now being served up from a new venue in Broadstairs.
Chef Dan Burgess, who previously ran Quayside Street Kitchen from a converted horsebox in Sandwich, has teamed up with Broadstairs friends and venue investors Alex Debling and Jamie Child for the launch of Smoked Street Kitchen and Bar in Broadstairs High Street.
The venue, at the former Sinatra’s café bar site, has had a total revamp to give it a rustic feel with an open kitchen. In the courtyard a cocktail bar is being built with completion expected before the end on the month.
Head chef Dan, who is joined by partner Melissa Beedon taking front of house management, says the new premises means an expansion on the former street food menu to include a range of slow smoked meat offerings.
The 26-year-old said: “I started out a year ago when I opened the horsebox street food stall in Sandwich. Jamie was one of my regulars and he loved the food, like a lot of people in Sandwich.
“At the end of last year he proposed coming here and opening (in Broadstairs. Then I met with him and Alex and we have built the Smoked name and menu, taking inspiration from the horsebox but evolving and building on it.”
The Smoked Street Kitchen and Bar opened in June 3 and is proving popular already.
Dad-of-one Alex also runs Grind café in Ramsgate’s King Street. The 36-year-old, whose family ran Sinatra’s for 15 years and still own the building, said: “Now we are building a cocktail bar in the back garden and we will be having bands. We also have a saxophonist playing on Father’s Day called Theo (Nasa) who is famous in hip hop.”
Dad-of-two Jamie, 42, has been in the building trade for 22 years but says he has decided to have a change of direction.
He added: “We have given it (Smoked Street) a complete renovation, the only thing left is the floor! We built the kitchen and have completely new decking out the front.
Dan, from Cliffsend, said: “We are going to have lots of performers and bands to make it Thanet’s best dining experience.”
Smoked Street Kitchen was officially opened on June 3 by councillor John Worrow who is a long-time friend of Alex and his family.
The bar/restaurant is open Wednesday to Saturday noon-10pm and Sunday noon-9pm. They also offer takeaway service.