No BBQ For You
UPDATE: Slow Bone resumes normal business hours, 11 am-7 pm, on Thursday, April 18.
Perkins announced the closure at about 6:15 pm April 16 via Twitter:
The Slow Bone will be closed tomorrow.Tell everyone you know.Will update ASAP— The Slow Bone (@TheSlowBone) April 16, 2013
The restaurant is using an unusual temperature-controlled rotisserie smoker with automated action to keep a consistent temperature during the 18-hour cooking cycle.
The closure announcement came a mere hour after a chipper post on Slow Bone's Facebook page at 5:15 pm announcing "happy hour" prices. "Come get a whole brisket for $50. They are at least 10 lbs pre-cooked. Less than $5 per pound."
Perkins said that the pit suffered a mechanical failure and that a repairman would be working on it on Wednesday morning.
"A guy working for us wasn't paying attention when he was loading the pit and knocked off a rack, and it destroyed every other rack," Perkins says. "It's a mechanical failure. Since we don't have fresh brisket, we won't be open but we will be in the parking lot handing out free BBQ sandwiches. Whatever we've got, we’ll pass out in the parking lot, if people want to come by and have what we had today. If I have fire by 4 pm, the Bone will open on Thursday."