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Owner of Morrisville 'cue shack says Romney visit not partisan

Posted August 9, 2012

— When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stops for lunch Sunday in the Triangle, he'll dine at one of the restaurants named by readers of WRAL Out & About as a favorite.

Smokey's Shack, a barbecue restaurant at 10800 Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville, is small but draws a faithful following, earning a 4 out of 5 rating.

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Kevin "Smokey" Mote, who started the business six years ago, said Romney's campaign called him two months ago, saying they heard his restaurant was good and asking if he would host the former Massachusetts governor on a Sunday – his only day off.

"Initially, I said, 'No, we're probably not interested in doing anything like that,'" Mote said Thursday, as campaign staffers scoped out the site for Sunday's rally.

He said he changed him mind because he thought having Romney in town would be good for Morrisville.

Since then, Mote, his wife and son have been running the restaurant and getting ready to host a presidential candidate. He's been told to expect up to 1,500 people.

"It's stressful on some of our folks here – on some of my staff and some of my friends pitching in to help me out – but it's exciting for us," he said.

Regulars at Smokey's Shack also have warmed to the hubbub, he said.

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"The overwhelming majority say it's a great thing for our business and our community and for the opportunity," he said.

Mote has some political opinions, but he said Sunday's event is about citizenship, not partisanship. He said he would also welcome a visit from President Barack Obama.

"This is a civics lesson in action. You get to see what the political process is about, regardless of what your political affiliation is. It doesn't really matter," he said.

What does matter, he said, is what Romney orders from the menu. He recommended the pulled pork sandwich.

"You're in North Carolina. You've gotta have the pulled pork," he said.

Romney will stop at Smokey's for a 4 p.m. public appearance part of a bus tour that also takes him to Virginia, Florida and Ohio. Doors to Smokey's open at 3 p.m. for the event.

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  • Rollin Like PDoobie Aug 11, 2012

    "lol..same as his politics... it all depends on who he wants to like him"

    How is Obama any different? Politicians are all the same, no matter what the affiliation. Lame comment.

  • nufsaid Aug 10, 2012

    ""but Pro-Federal Reserve and Pro-Keynesian. "
    Name one sane person that isn't......perhaps you explain why you think gold is of anymore intrinsic value than, say, paper? Yes its pretty and shiny......
    Crabbit Cratur"

    Wow. What is your definition of "sane"????

  • dwntwnboy Aug 10, 2012

    If he doesn't eat the pulled pork and sweet tea, it will be considered an insult to NC.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 10, 2012

    "but Pro-Federal Reserve and Pro-Keynesian. "

    Name one sane person that isn't......perhaps you explain why you think gold is of anymore intrinsic value than, say, paper? Yes its pretty and shiny......

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 10, 2012

    "If I owned a business and Obama's opponent showed up, I'd not be ashamed to admit that I'm anti-Marxist/Socialist/Kenyan Dictator."

    Which is why you will never be a successful businessman.....

    Morrisville is a weird but typically clueless choice by Romney though.....not exactly a center of Conservative thinking.........

  • jjordan231179 Aug 10, 2012

    If I owned a business and Obama's opponent showed up, I'd not be ashamed to admit that I'm anti-Marxist/Socialist/Kenyan Dictator.
    BubbaDukeforPresident
    August 10, 2012 10:27 a.m.
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    but Pro-Federal Reserve and Pro-Keynesian. You Romney libs are hilarious.

  • josephlawrence43 Aug 10, 2012

    Now this is the one area that is nonpartisan. NC Bar-B-Que is absolutely the best--and it is happily shared between Republicans, Democrats and those of indeterminate persuasions

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Aug 10, 2012

    If I owned a business and Obama's opponent showed up, I'd not be ashamed to admit that I'm anti-Marxist/Socialist/Kenyan Dictator.

  • mayhem Aug 10, 2012

    I guess if Smokey's hosted the Washington Generals, a few people would come out for that also.

  • floydthebarber Aug 9, 2012

    It's nice to see "Smokey" truly wants North Carolinians engaged in their civic duty by getting to know the candidates instead of just doing this as a PR show for Romneybot. Lord knows Mittens doesn't deserve it (but we certainly deserve to know him... he better have good things to say about our BBQ!)

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