BBQ lovers, start salivating: Midwood Smokehouse targets Thursday, May 18 for Backlot opening

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Barring any last minute delays, Midwood Smokehouse will likely open in the Backlot of Park Road Shopping Center on Thursday, May 18.


I plan on crushing the Carolina Pork Plate ($10). Driving across town the Plaza Midwood location has started to be a traffic nightmare with all the construction.

This is Midwood Smokehouse’s fourth location. The others are in Plaza Midwood, Ballantyne and Columbia.


Located next to CorePower Yoga in the back of the Backlot at Park Road Shopping Center (drive straight back). Yoga and BBQ = perfect combo.

I’ve had lunch with the Midwood Smokehouse team and I can attest – they’re pretty psychotic about producing amazing BBQ.

In a recent reader survey, Midwood Smokehouse proved to be the clear #1 BBQ joint in Charlotte.


Midwood Owner Frank Scibelli (left) also runs Mama Rocotta’s, YAFO and Paco’s Tacos & Tequilla. Additionally, Frank was the proprietor of Bad Daddy’s which about two years ago had a nice $21 million exit

The restaurant is roughly 4,500 square feet with plenty of tables and a cool bar area.


I would anticipate the takeout business being YUUUGE.

Right when you walk in, there’s a private room to your left named the “Fishbowl” that can be reserved for parties.


Midwood Smokehouse will also have a lovely patio.


You can’t tell me that you don’t chill on this patio with a cold beer and a Midwood’s BBQ Queso w/ Brisket app.

In addition to this new Midwood, there are several other concepts that will end Rocksalt’s loneliness in Park Road Shopping Center’s Backlot area.

  • Denver-based yoga powerhouse CorePower Yoga just opened.
  • Legit speakeasy from the Foxcroft Wine Co team named Dot Dot Dot should open in early summer.
  • Massive 5,000-square-foot Amelie’s should open in early summer.
  • New restaurant from Elizabeth’s Custom Shop team named Flourshop that will specialize in breads and pastas.

Backlot = so hot right now


Current construction status of Amelie’s in Park Road Shopping Center.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the opening date as Monday, May 15. It will open Thursday, May 18.

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