It’s the news we have all been waiting for. BBQ is firmly back on the menu as Hickory’s Smokehouse announce they will Re-Open on 4th July…
The team behind one of Chester’s favourite restaurants, Hickory’s, have fired up the smokers ready for their long-awaited re-opening on Saturday 4th July.
As the team celebrate 10 years since opening the first Hickory’s in Chester they couldn’t be happier to be back where they belong re-opening the restaurant, firing up the smokers and welcoming everyone back. For anyone who has been missing out on a Hicks fix you will find all your favourite BBQ dishes will be back on the menu. Rest assured the smokehouse classics such as Texas style brisket, ribs and wings will all be making an appearance, along with burnt ends, southern fried chicken & of course the Chicken Fried Waffle.
The place to be this summer
The team will be making the most of their river front location with their new ‘Walled Garden’. The barn style structure, which comes complete with a roof to cope with the unpredictable Chester weather, is open fronted which means you can enjoy epic views of the river!
‘We wanted to create something that had a real Hickory’s feel,’ commented owner Jason Bligh. ‘The Walled Garden will be a really cool place to spend a few hours over the summer months and we already have exciting plans in place to develop it as we head on into the autumn.’
They have been working hard behind the scenes preparing for this moment, ‘All the guys have been sprucing up their serving skills after what we are calling an extended ‘Spring Break’, said Jason. ‘They cannot wait to get back to smoking, mixing, shaking and serving your Hickory’s favourites and we can’t wait to welcome you back.’
Hibernation has been a busy time for everyone from serving up slushies on the river front, pricing up plants & flogging flowers, along with creating Curbside Pick-Up & cherishing the charity runs for Cash for Kids. The team have managed to raise a staggering £65,000 for the local charity along with their team of chefs having made 3200 meals for local families. And, it’s all been funded by orders from the Curbside Pick-Up menu.
Making Hickory’s as safe a place as possible
There have also been some cool new changes and innovative additions to the current layout to ensure diners can return safely, without losing any of the much-loved Hickory’s experience.
With their own unique guest ‘Safety Pledge’ in place, the team are ready to get back to business and do what they do best, looking after guests and offering some true Southern hospitality.
It’s been a hard time for the hospitality industry and a very uncertain period for everyone involved. Founder Neil McDonnell speaks openly about the support Hickory’s have had from their landlord Stuart Williams. “We’re so pleased and relieved to be opening again and are so grateful to Stuart for supporting us and believing in us during the closure.”
Neil also extends his thanks to everyone who has reached out to the team ‘We’ve had so much support from our regulars, guests and the City of Chester as a whole and that is what has kept us going throughout lockdown. It’s been a devastating time for our industry but all the messages, emails and social media posts we’ve had have been incredibly humbling and so heart-warming for the whole team. We can’t wait to get back to doing what we love, showing our guests some real Southern hospitality, albeit with a few less handshakes.”
They are taking bookings now and will be open officially from Saturday 4th July and will be opening from 11am every day. Keep your eyes on their website and social media channels for any updates.