Less than seven months after it opened for business in O’Fallon, Fire-N-Smoke Wood-Fired Kitchen abruptly closed its doors at 1214 Central Park Plaza restaurant Sunday.
James Dooley, a kitchen manager at Fire-N-Smoke’s Troy locale, said Tuesday that ownership worried the O’Fallon site would not remain profitable because “it was a bad area for our concept.”
The restaurant billed itself as “fast casual dining.” Dooley said that did not work well in the O’Fallon building, which is much larger than the Troy site located on Illinois 162 just west of the I-55/70 interchange.
Dooley said the Troy restaurant remains open.
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The Ravanelli family owns Fire-N-Smoke. It opened a restaurant at the location in 2008 as Outlaw Blues, but later switched the name to Ravanelli’s. They also operate Ravanelli’s restaurants in Granite City and Collinsville.
Family members were not immediately available to comment Tuesday afternoon.