Maybe not weather-wise, but there will be some hot smoking cooking in Trenton on Saturday the 28th. In addition to other things, it’s the 4th Anniversary Celebration of 1911 Smoke House Bar-B-Que restaurant at 11 East Hanover Street, in the heart of the Downtown.

From 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Executive Chef Reggie Hallet and his staff will be hosting a Smoketober Bar-B-Que Fest at the highly-successful and charming eatery – in the large terrace at the back, inside the restaurant itself and out front on the Street, which will be closed to traffic. Cigar smoking is permitted, but there’s plenty of outdoor space if that’s not your thing.

The 11 East Front Street address has been the location of a series of great downtown restaurants and lounges over the years. It once was a quiet, basement-level speak-easy-style luncheon and cocktail lounge establishment that had no signage or advertising on the outside. More recently it morphed into a New York City knock-off of a jazzy, club-like place.

Other reinventions intervened, but in 2015, Reggie and his brother took over, and they are in a positive mode. “We’re here, we’re happy and this place isn’t going to change its name any time soon,” Reggie says with an edge of pride in his voice. “From lunch through dinner, we fill a unique and tasty niche in Trenton’s array of great restaurants and bars,” he added.

In addition to its renowned Bar-B-Que creations, 1911 Smoke House also offers lots of starters, salads, salmon, turkey, and, of course, pork roll. This Saturday these succulent sensations will be available at reduced prices. There will also be a bar on the sidewalk for easy access.

So take a break from watching the nearby Trenton Pride Festival (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on South Warren from State Street to Lafayette Street) and enjoy yourself and your friends at the Smoketober Fest!

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