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Q Smokehouse closes, Onyx moves to Argyle

RCR makes a shuffle in time for Onyx's 10th anniversary

Q Smokehouse closes, Onyx moves to Argyle
The soon-to-be home of Onyx

With the end of barbecue season comes the end of Q Smokehouse & Southern BBQ (1580 Argyle Street) . The Argyle Street restaurant known for its finger-licking menu closed its doors for good on Sunday after just over three years of curing carnivorous cravings for ribs, chicken and brisket.

With Q "under performing" and its much-loved older sibling Onyx (5680 Spring Garden Road) about to turn 10, RCR Hospitality Group's vice president of operations Shannon Bruhm says, "it was more of a timing thing," that nudged along the decision. Come 2014, Onyx will be the newest face on the busy Argyle strip.

"The design will change quite a bit," says Bruhm, though the plan is to salvage the bar Onyx's current location. "Onyx is very near and dear to our hearts, so we're spending a lot of time on it."

Renovations to the former Q space will get underway soon, with an expected move in date in the early new year. Bruhm says the plan is for New Years Eve to be Onyx's last night on Spring Garden Road. We predict many champagne toasts to the next 10 years on Argyle.

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