4Rivers Smokehouse has just announced that it will be opening a new restaurant in the SoDo District, just south of downtown Orlando.

The Winter Park-based barbecue chain has taken over the former Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers building at 3200 S. Orange Avenue [GMap] and is expected to have everything ready for an early 2022 opening.

“Given the challenges of the last year, we are incredibly grateful to be in a position to expand the footprint of the 4Rivers family of restaurants. We are particularly excited to open a new Smokehouse in our hometown of Orlando” said John Rivers, 4R Restaurant Group Founder/CEO via a prepared statement. “The Smokehouse’s proximity to Orlando Health, City Hall, and other local partners will allow us to strengthen the relationships that fuel not only our business but more importantly our ministry and the important work we are doing at the 4Roots Farm. We look forward to serving the wonderful families and businesses in the Downtown and SoDo districts and to sharing with them a little taste of our ‘Barbecue Ministry’.”

The new 3,636 SF restaurant will seat 66 guests and offer outdoor seating as well, where they are expecting to have entertainment, and a selection of craft beer and wine. This location will also have a double drive-thru to accommodate more take-out dining and an entire section reserved for to-go pickup and third-party delivery partners.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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