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Smokin Joe's BBQ held its soft opening over the weekend in Old Sacramento.

Per its Web site:

Whether from Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, or the Carolinas, southern BBQ is the sweetest and most sultry taste around. Complete with all the fixins, our southern comfort food is sure to satisfy any appetite. Our recipes have been gathered over six generations and across three families with strong roots in the south and its tradition of BBQ and soul food. Bring the whole family and experience our down home cookin for yourself. You'll never forget your first time! You'll be back for more.

The most recent restaurant to occupy that space was Harvey House, a restaurant that closed in Aug. 2012.

An after hours call Monday evening to the phone number listed on the Web site was not answered.

I haven't had the chance to give the restaurant a try, but I'm hopeful they hold out long enough to start getting business from the new Arena.

Smokin' Joe's BBQ is located at 900 2nd St. and can be found online at http://www.smokinjoesbbqmemphisstyle.com/.

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