They started out in 1973 in southwest Little Rock. My friends and I used to walk or ride our bikes up Chicot Road to Smokey Joe’s to get a sandwich and fries and a shake (and to check out the cute boys working behind the counter).
The current owners bought the restaurant in 1981 and that original location lasted several more years. Eventually, it closed a new location opened in Benton on Military Road. Now, after 36 years in business, the owners have sold the property, they’re hanging up their aprons, and calling it quits on April 1st.
The restaurant announced this development through their social media. See that link below. We’ve loved you all these years and we’ll miss you, Smokey Joe’s.