JAMESTOWN — An old filling station is getting a new life as a barbecue joint.
Black Powder Smokehouse is opening at 302 E. Main St. in an old tiled-roof service station that sits across the street from the town hall at Guilford Road.
“It’s an old abandoned filling station that has been sitting in Jamestown for as long as I can remember,” said Keith Henning.
Henning has lived in Jamestown with his family for about 15 years. Henning is opening the restaurant with Ryan Herring.
“People confuse us as brothers because our last names are very similar,” Henning laughs.
Henning and Herring have operated Black Powder as a catering business since they started as a barbecue competition team two years ago.
The name of the business was inspired by the historic Jamestown school of gun making which was known for making accurate long rifles.
Being geographically near the point where North Carolina’s eastern and western-style of barbecues meet, Henning said Black Powder does not do one particular style of barbecue.
“It’s a mash up of several styles,” Henning said. “We have brisket, pulled pork, turkey. We focus on serving good food and not so much a style.”
The restaurant will smoke all of its meats on site. It will offer hearty sides.
Black Powder will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will serve beer and wine.
The unusually rainy fall has stalled renovations to the old building, but Henning said he hopes to have the 2,800-square-foot restaurant open by May.
It will feature two patios, one with a wood-burning fireplace.
“It will be a family-focused environment,” Henning said.
Henning said he sees the high-traffic spot as a gathering place after soccer games and other events.
“It’s a great community and we’re excited to be a part of it,” Henning said.
Black Powder Smokehouse joins other recent eateries in Jamestown including Simply Thai and Full Moon Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, which is opening a brewery next door.