New barbecue smokehaus to be located at former Sevin O'Brians
A new eatery and south-city night spot will open later this summer.
Frankenmuth resident Jim Jones and his wife, Kristin, are making plans to open Big Jim’s Slo-Bones BBQ Smokehaus at 175 East Jefferson Street, the site of the former Sevin Orian’s, which closed last year.
Closing on the deal will take place within 2-3 weeks, Frankenmuth realtor and spokesman Scott Rausch said.
The business will specialize in smoked ribs and chicken, brisket, pulled pork, sweet potato pie and all the fixings, mostly southern style.
The building and outdoor porch can accommodate up to 227 persons and the Jones’ will likely hire 12-15 persons, including a general manager, a kitchen manager and a pit master. They also plan to bring in live blues bands for evening entertainment.
“They believe they have found an untapped food and entertainment niche for Frankenmuth,” Rausch said.
The final inspection from the Michigan Liquor Commission should come this week. A new roof, carpeting and landscaping will be installed over the next two months, with an anticipated opening in early August.
Jim Jones is employed full time at Nexteer Automotive and has extensive management experience, including a MBA from the University of Michigan.
The location has been the site of many businesses, dating back to Meyer’s Tavern and the Stein Haus, which closed in the early 1990s.
Since that time, the building has been home to the Blue Dolphin, Harry’s Bistro, Mancino’s Restaurant, Captain Hook’s and most recently Sevin Orian’s.