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Smokey Bones’ menu returns to its roots

Smokey Bones has introduced new smoke items, including a smoked prime rib.

Smokey Bones hasn’t had a straightforward history. Founded in 1999 by Darden Restaurants Inc. as Smokey Bones Barbeque, the casual-dining chain was tweaked multiple times as its parent company tried to determine how to give national appeal to a food as regionally idiosyncratic as barbecue.

In 2007, Darden sold the concept to a subsidiary of Sun Capital Partners, which renamed it Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill.

Chef Mark Bibby was consulting with Darden on

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