What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Long-time Durham bistro to become smokehouse

Posted August 22


— The owners of Alivia's Durham Bistro have announced the restaurant will be changing names and concepts.

Maverick's Smokehouse and Taproom is expected to open this fall at 900 W. Main St., which was previously home to Alivia's. After a decade in business, the bistro closed in June.

Alivia's owners, Fergus Bradley and Jason Sholtz, have teamed up with barbecue chef Brian Stinnett for the venture. Stinnett helped open Pops Backdoor and has also worked in the kitchens of Pops Durham Trattoria, The Original Q-Shack, Revolution, Durham Catering Company, Alivia’s Durham Bistro and James Joyce.

“As long as I can remember, one of the greatest joys for me has been cooking for friends and family,'" Stinnett said. “After cooking ribs one afternoon, Fergus and I started discussing 'cue' and a dream we shared of opening a barbecue joint.”

That initial discussion helped launch the idea for Maverick's Smokehouse.

Maverick's will serve slow smoked barbecue pork, beef brisket, ribs, chicken, turkey, sausage, fish and more. The focus will be celebrating many forms of barbecue and smokehouse fare across the south. Some hot menu items will include Stinnett's fried chicken and Memphis Barbecue spaghetti.


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