In 1999, the first Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill restaurant was opened in Orlando, Florida by Darden Restaurants. The chain of casual dining establishments has expanded steadily in the short time since its founding, and as of today, there are 68 Smokey Bones restaurants spread across 17 Eastern states, including many locations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Diners at Smokey Bones enjoy their fire-grilled and slow-smoked authentic Kansas City-style barbeque cuisine in surroundings resembling a rustic mountain lodge, complete with stone fireplaces, worn logs and tall timbers which can be seen throughout the restaurant.
Modern touches include multiple televisions mounted in the dining area that can be controlled by patrons with convenient table and bar-mounted boxes. All restaurants are accessible to the handicapped. Smokey Bones locations feature a full bar, and smoking and non-smoking sections. Entrees are priced between $6.50-$19.50. Also, Smokey Bones wait staff are known to be friendly, patient and accommodating.
Darden Restaurants recently sold their interest in Smokey Bones to an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners named Barbeque Integrated for $80 million. This sale was completed in December, 2007. Since then, the new owners have been working hard to update the brand, including changes in the decor, menus, and uniforms worn by the servers. Also, various Smokey Bones coupons have been offered to the public in an attempt to introduce new customers to the popular Eastern barbeque restaurant chain. Sun Capital Partners also own Boston Market, Fazoli’s, El Torito, Chevy’s and Kincaid’s Great American Fish, Chop and Steakhouse.
Since their purchase in 2007, Barbeque Integrated have been focusing more on grilled and smoked flavors and, surprisingly, less and less on barbeque. Nevertheless, the hand-rubbed ribs at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill are still smoked for over 11 hours. Typical menu items include:
•A variety of premium dinner salads
•Time-honored favorites including hand-pulled pork, smoked wings, and grilled barbeque chicken breast
•Signature dishes such as flame-seared salmon, smokehouse chicken and garlic-glazed Sirloin
•Smoked beef brisket, grilled smoked sausage and smoked turkey breast
•A large selection of hamburgers, plus various other chicken and seafood dishes
Diners at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill can choose to participate in the Bones Club, a rewards program which offers loyal customers the opportunity to purchase many menu items at a significant discount from the listed price. Members earn a point for every dollar they spend. At a threshold of 200 points, a $20 food and beverage credit is added to the customer’s card for use on their next visit. Membership cards can be picked up at any Smokey Bones location. Membership in the Bones Club is free, and members receive a free appetizer and 100 free bonus points as a welcome gift. Rewards can be used for any purchase, whether customers dine-in or order their meals to go at all participating Smokey Bones locations. Also, restaurant patrons who introduce their friends to the discounts offered by the Bones Club are given a $5 discount off a single entree on their next visit.
Last month, many Smokey Bones locations were offering an additional $10 Gift Card with every purchase of a $25 Gift Card. The restaurant was also promoting a coupon for a free appetizer and a free meal for dads on Father’s Day. This added up to over $65 worth of food for a single $25 purchase. Free lunch for mom on Mother’s Day was also offered previously this year. In addition, Smokey Bones publicized a “create your own combo” meal deal for just $9.99.
Smokey Bones Coupons
Discount coupons for Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill can be found on numerous websites, including:
Typical recent offers have included a printable coupon for $10 off a total purchase of $25 or more at the restaurant, and 2-for-1 entrees. However, printable coupons for Smokey Bones often have expiration dates and can’t be combined with any other promotional offers. The coupon holder must also pay the applicable sales tax on any restaurant orders placed at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.