Last week, after a “friends and family” night on Wednesday, Sweet P’s Barbeque opened its second location — this one downtown at 410 W. Jackson Ave., next door to The Standard.
It is, in my opinion, a perfect barbecue joint. First of all, it’s very comfortable. I don’t know why, but the space just feels welcoming and familiar. Secondly, it’s quirky. Every chair is different. The booths feature reclaimed church pews. And the decor is 1982 World’s Fair. Where else will you find that combination?
But, of course, the most important thing of all is that the food is fantastic and authentic. The meats are prepared in a smoker behind the building. In fact, you can smell the barbecue from blocks away, which is the best advertising ever.
Disclosure: We are helping Sweet P’s with public relations. Not that they need it. The place has a huge following from its original location at 3725 Maryville Pike. And downtown needed a real barbecue place.
The two locations, by design, each have a different vibe. The original, Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House, features live music on a routine basis. Located at Willow Point Marina, it is accessible by water. The new location, called Sweet P’s Downtown Dive, has a garage door on its front wall. It will be raised on nice days, opening the restaurant to the sidewalk — and the railroad yard across the street. Uber cool. And, coming soon, one of the largest beer gardens in downtown Knoxville. (read more)