The Prime Smokehouse is the brainchild of three partners, whose lives have been connected for many years. Ed Wiley III, his wife Yalem Kiros and Harold Worrell, Jr., a lifelong friend, believed that if they opened a restaurant in the small town of Garner, N.C., and made sure that the food was absolutely delicious, the atmosphere warm and cosmopolitan and the service stellar that the possibilities would be limitless.
So they leased a 3,000-square-foot property amid beautiful homes and neighbors starving for a slice of city life …without all the city-life hassles. The location had been a dank bar — “Sidelines” — where folks could gather for a drink or to watch sports. But the fact that the bar was choked with smoke and had become as notorious for its occasional brawls as it was for its reportedly decent pub food made it a place that many locals ruled out as a “family” destination.
With those concerns in mind, Ed, Yalem and Harry created a spot designed to unite across cultures and generations. They incorporated their love for jazz music and Southern cuisine — particularly authentic Texas-style barbecue — and eliminated all smoking, except the hickory slow-smoking going on in the kitchen. In fact, the non-smoking environment has appeared to be a major draw for families.
Don’t miss Ben Tankard, the prolific, chart-topping smooth-jazz pianist who has been dubbed the “Godfather of Gospel Jazz,” heads to Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 2-3 for a long-awaited concert at The Prime Smokehouse.
The Prime Smokehouse, 2800 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27610