Earlier this week we asked what was happening at the vacant Lone Star Steakhouse on East State Street and now we have the definitive answer.

When I saw the former Lone Star fenced off I thought it was getting demolished. I saw a post on Reddit that said a BBQ joint, Smokey Bones was going in.

Actually, it's both. According to Joshua Hendryx:

We (Phoenix Builders) will be putting in a new Smokey Bones Restaurant. Gas and utility disconnects have been completed and we will begin demolition of the existing Lonestar Restaurant shortly.

There are only a few BBQ restaurants in Rockford, so I welcome the new restaurant with open arms to town.

No formal announcement has been made regarding the new restaurant or when it will open specifically, but I feel it's coming soon.

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