Shorty’s Smokehouse opens in Waterloo
If you haven’t been to Waterloo in awhile, you might not recognize downtown.
The Monroe County gem has upped its game on Main Street, and a new barbecue restaurant, Shorty’s Smokehouse, recently opened at 121 South Main Street.
Shorty’s now occupies the historic building that once housed Waterloo’s “City Hotel.” The building was recently renovated from top to bottom.
“We’re enjoying being a part of the revival of the middle of Waterloo,” Anthony Hassler, co-owner of Shorty’s Smokehouse, said. “We love it here.”
Hassler co-owns the business with Brandon Bauza. They started by building a custom smoker, participating in competitions and eventually decided to open a restaurant.
Hassler has Kansas City roots, but says the barbecue at Shorty’s has its own style. Both owners wanted to keep things simple and go back to the basics.
“We’re trying to do the old school traditional way, low and slow,” Hassler said. “I know a lot people like to put a crazy twist on barbecue, but we want to bring it back to its originality.”
Smoked turkey, brisket, sausage, and ribs are on the menu. It’s available by the pound or on sandwiches and platters. Side dishes include: potato salad, pit beans, red wine vinaigrette coleslaw and smoked Gouda mac and cheese.
Pork rinds are made daily.
“Our menu is simple,” Hassler said. “We wanted to make a short and small menu to ensure quality in everything that we do.”
Years ago, “barbecue places started off as meat shops,” Hassler explained. He wants to honor that history by keeping it simple.
Hassler grew up around barbecue in Kansas city where his dad, John Hassler, sold barbecue turkey.
The craft barbecue scene in the metro-east is getting more competitive with the opening of new restaurants and stands.
Shorty’s Smokehouse is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is closed Monday.