When longtime friends Dave Neinstein and Jon Persofsky decided to quit their corporate lives and pursue their dream of opening up a restaurant, they knew they would need to do some research. Jon headed to George Brown to learn about restaurant management and Dave headed to the southern US to study the art of BBQ.
Opening a restaurant
In the spring of 2011, Barque Smokehouse opened in Toronto’s west-end Roncesvalles Village. Their goal being to serve ‘Refined BBQ’. They define ‘Refined BBQ’ as fresh protein dishes that don’t compromise on flavour, a Family-style and fun atmosphere, and adherence to scratch cooking - preparing food using basic ingredients rather than buying meals that have already been prepared. Serving an enticing mix of smoked ribs, brisket and chicken, an array of fresh and healthy sides, and well matched collection of sweets and desserts, the Smokehouse at 299 Roncesvalles Avenue has seen a packed dining room on a nightly basis. With a large focus on wine and spirit pairings, dining at Barque is a true 360° food and drink experience.OUR STORY