Smokin' Guns BBQ new location is officially open

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The lights are on at the new Smokin Guns.
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The line at Smokin' Guns BBQ is as consistent as the turkey they smoke. And now the Northland barbecue joint (which earned a Pitch Best of Barbecue North in 2009) will have a bit more room to accommodate the crowds. After a decade in their original location, owners Phil and Linda Hopkins have opened a larger space next door - the ribbon cutting was this morning - at 1218 Swift Avenue.

The new restaurant can seat 100 people in the dining room and 60 more at the bar. The old space (featured in 2010 on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) sat 48 people in a building that was a bit over 3,000 square feet (the size of the new kitchen alone). There are also a second-floor patio with views of downtown Kansas City and garage doors that can be rolled up when the weather is nicer. With a covered band stand, Smokin' Guns plans to have live music events in the future. The old space is being torn down for additional parking.

The new restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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