Smoke the Burger Joint Closed Until Further Notice

Stark County’s own burger hotspot, Smoke the Burger Joint, is closing their Belden Village location until further notice. Find out more here on Newsymom!

Belden Village, Stark County – Burger destination, Smoke the Burger Joint, has closed their doors until further notice. Preceding the day’s closure yesterday, a Facebook post was addressed to their loyal customers:

“This pause in operations will be for an undetermined amount of time as we consider options and plans for the restaurant.”

About Smoke the Burger Joint

Known for their unique burgers, delicious milkshakes, and seasoned fries, Smoke the Burger Joint opened at their first location on Portage Street in 2013. Due to their growing fan base, they relocated to Belden Village Street in 2017, in a plaza across from Belden Village Mall.

After the heart-wrenching Facebook announcement yesterday, they shut their doors at 4:00pm, looking towards an uncertain future.

Smoke the Burger Joint was known for their unique burgers, like the Steel City Smokestack Burger (pictured above). Photo Credit: Smoke the Burger Joint Facebook page
Pandemic Causes Havoc

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many issues for the food and beverage industry, Smoke the Burger Joint included. The restaurant saw rising costs, expensive delivery fees, and staffing shortages. As a result, co-owners Brian and Tim will close the restaurant to figure out the next phase and how Smoke the Burger Joint can have a future. Additionally, all employees were offered employment transfer to their other restaurant, Old Carolina Barbecue on Everhard Rd.

What About Smoke Gift Cards and Rewards?

Do you have a Smoke the Burger Joint gift card or reward balances? Don’t worry! You’ll be able to use them at Old Carolina Barbecue Company on Everhard Rd. Co-owners Brian Bailey and Tim Hug had this to say in their post about transferring them:

“All guests with Smoke the Burger Joint gift card or Loyalty Reward balances will be offered equal credit in Old Carolina BBQ gift cards or Loyalty Rewards. Starting February 1, exchanges and transfers can be arranged in person at Old Carolina BBQ, 4710 Everhard Rd Canton, 44718. Please email to make other arrangements. For any other questions or assistance, please contact”

Stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for Smoke the Burger Joint news.

Melissa Klatt


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