Smokey Bones hasn’t had a straightforward history. Founded in 1999 by Darden Restaurants Inc. as Smokey Bones Barbeque, the casual-dining chain was tweaked multiple times as its parent company tried to determine how to give national appeal to a food as regionally idiosyncratic as barbecue. In 2007, Darden sold the concept to a subsidiary of Sun Capital Partners, which renamed it Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. Chef Mark Bibby was consulting with Darden on Smokey Bones at the ...

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