Lockhart’s BBQ looks to add more flavor to downtown Royal Oak

The nightlife in downtown Royal Oak is about to get a little more flavorful now that a new restaurant is getting ready to open.

Drew Ciora, owner of the Royal Oak Brewery and Detroit Beer Company, plans to open a barbeque restaurant in downtown Royal Oak. Lockhart’s BBQ will specialize in traditional southern barbeque that is smoked and made to order on site.

“It’s
something I have always had a passion for and this is something I have
always wanted to open,” says Ciora, a Texas native who moved to Metro
Detroit in 1995.

The restaurant will go in the ground floor of
the old Consumers Gas building at 202 E Third St., kitty corner from
the Royal Oak Brewery. The 1920s-era building was recently renovated by
Wold Architects and Engineers, which occupies the second floor.

Lockhart’s
BBQ will occupy 5,000 square feet on the ground floor, which equates to
enough room to seat 147 people if you include the planned outside
patio. The $700,000 project is expected to start this week and wrap up
before Memorial Day. Stephen Auger + Associates Architects is designing the interior of the restaurant.

Source: Drew Ciora, owner of Lockhart’s BBQ and Chris Aller, principal of Stephen Auger + Associates
Writer: Jon Zemke