Nine months after opening, StormKing BBQ at 16 1/2 West 26th Street, has announced a dramatic reduction in business hours to just five hours once a week. The business, just behind Nicollet Avenue’s Black Sheep Pizza ,will close for now and reopen on Saturday April 7 and only operate from noon until 5 pm or until the meat runs out.
StormKing is owned and operated by Jordan Smith, who also has Black Sheep. The restaurant quickly became a haunt for people who love Texas-style brisket. Heavy Table raved the beef was the “pièce de résistance. It is all those words that the barbecue thesaurus can’t improve on: juicy, tender, smoky, and spicy.” Mpls/St Paul Magazine raved, “I’m just nuts about it.”
The reason for the cutback is that the business was not profitable. The full statement read can be found on its Facebook page.