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After six months, Low and Slow has new owner

Posted on June 12, 2022

Updated on June 18, 2022

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Low and Slow Smokehouse, which overlooks Johnston Regional Airport, had a new owner.

Low and Slow Smokehouse, which overlooks Johnston Regional Airport, had a new owner. | 919-424-1776

SMITHFIELD — Low and Slow Smokehouse opened last Dec. 3 under owners  Philip and Monica Bailey.

Six months later, the restaurant overlooking Johnston Regional Airport has a new owner.

“You may have noticed some changes at Low and Slow Smokehouse recently, so we wanted to share the news,” the eatery said in a Facebook post on June 4.

The news was that a private investor had purchased the restaurant because he “recognized some improvements needed to be made to increase the value and quality of your experience.”

By quality, Low and Slow meant it was now focused on fresh. “We even threw out our freezer,” the restaurant said.

“We are also offering value meals, brand-new menu items and reoccurring specials,” the eatery added. Kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays, the restaurant noted in a later post.

Not everyone embraced the news.

“My husband and I went in last week for dinner because we thought Monica and Philip were still running things,” Nicole Tucker wrote in response to the June 4 post. “I can tell you that the service definitely changed under this ‘new management,’ and it was definitely the last time we will be eating there.”

Michael Dale wrote that “focused on fresh” clearly didn’t apply to the hamburgers. “What I was served last night certainly appeared to be a previously frozen, preformed piece of meat,” he said.

In response, the restaurant said it was debating the fate of burgers. “It’s not our main focus, and we are evaluating different options, including possibly eliminating them,” the eatery wrote.

Dale also wondered why the restaurant referred to the new owner only as a “private investor.” “If they are local, they should advertise that heavily,” he said.

Low and Slow said the owner’s identity wasn’t important. “The ownership wishes to make the story about the team and their food and service, not the owner(s),” the restaurant wrote.

Other diners gave the restaurant high marks.

“Had a wonderful graduation lunch today for my daughter,” David Haynes wrote. “As always, you guys were amazing, and the food was delicious.”

Vicky Shepard agreed. “We will absolutely be back and look forward to it,” she said.

In response to other comments, the eatery said it was lowering prices on some menu items and beefing up its wait staff. The restaurant’s Facebook page also lists job openings for a pit master, line cook and dishwasher.

“With all of these changes in place, we are also focused on hiring a team to serve you that is completely aligned with our core values,” the restaurant said. “So if you or anyone you know is interested in joining our team, send us a message directly.”

Philip Bailey did not respond to a Facebook message seeking comment.

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