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Frisco BBQ joint 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House to shut down and reopen with new purpose

3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House to shut down and reopen with new purpose

Sliced brisket at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House will reopen as a full-service restaurant at the end of the month. Photo courtesy of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
3 Stacks co-owner Trace "The Rib Whisperer" Arnold. Photo by Robert Lerma
Sliced brisket at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House

Frisco barbecue joint 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House will temporarily close its doors for a 10-day renovation beginning on January 13, to refashion itself as a full-service restaurant.

The restaurant opened in February 2013 as a hybrid between self-service and sit-down dining. The idea was that diners would come through the line to order; once seated, a server would bring beverages and desserts.

But customers asked for a full-service experience. "We've been overwhelmed by the positive response to our BBQ, but there has always been some questions about the serving concept," said Trace "The Rib Whisperer" Arnold, who owns the restaurant with partner Jason Hall.

The cafeteria line will be removed to make way for booths and tables. A merchandising area will be added behind the hostess stand where customers can buy Arnold's rubs and sauces.

Once the renovation is complete, the restaurant will host a few days of mock service to make sure everything's in sync before reopening to the public. Ooooh, how do you get in on that?

The restaurant plans to reopen on January 27.