Meet Scott McBeath and Tom Mercurio

The owners of Smokies Restaurant and Tavern, Scott McBeath and Tom Mercurio, have a very bright future ahead of them; they will be opening Smokies on the Water (formerly Sharkey’s) In Grosse Ile, Michigan.

Scott and Tom have owned Smokies Restaurant for over 4 years now. As partners, they both bring their unique experiences and skills. Scott is originally from Canada and has over 30 year’s food experience. 

Tom is a Downriver native, he grew up in Riverview. He graduated from Henry Ford College with his culinary degree. They met while working for Host Marriott Services as managers of the food and beverage department at Detroit Metro Airport. Scott manages day to day operations, while Tom runs the kitchen at Smokies. Scott was a former manager for the Tunnel Bar BQ in Windsor.  They are now teaming up to promote their flavorful TBQ sauces & spices to Michigan for the first time.

As former residents to the city of Wyandotte, Scott and Tom were excited to start their business venture in Wyandotte. Over the past four years, they have enjoyed being part of the Downriver community. Scott & Tom have partnered with Larry Cosme, one of their long standing Smokies customers and Wyandotte Resident, for the Grosse Ile location. They all are looking forward to expanding the Smokies concept to Grosse Ile.

They are currently working on extensive renovations to the former Sharkey’s. The restaurant will have a capacity of 120 people throughout the year and will expand to 160 people when the patio is opened during the summertime. They will be bringing their Smokies philosophy to Smokies on the Water, including their signature menu.

One key to their success is making many of their menu items including their, soups, dressings, and sauces, completely from scratch. This is hard to come by these days with the popularity of chain restaurants. They also cut their own meats and chop their own salads. Smokies is well known for having the best fresh perch on Friday evenings, their delicious gourmet pizzas, a smoked salmon dish, and their famous prime rib that is served 7 days a week. 

However, the new location calls for some changes and challenges.  Scott and Tom will be incorporating new features to the Smokies experience and menu.  They are considering a Sunday Brunch at Smokies on the Water that will kick off in the late summer, along with a special late night menu if the crowd warrants it. They also expect a boating crowd, which they intend on offering “boatside to go” for their gourmet pizzas in the summertime. Upon opening, the biggest challenge that Scott and Tom believe that they will face is the Annual Island Fest in May. Being the new kids on the block and the excitement on the Island with the festival, they are anticipating being very busy in their first month of opening.  

Smokies on the Water is planning to open its doors in April 2016. They will be open 7 days a week from 11am through 10pm; however they are more than happy to extend their evening hours if the public calls for it. Smokies will be offering catering services to the residents.

Scott, Tom, and Larry are very much looking forward to being part of the Grosse Ile community. Let them know what you would like to see on their Smokies on the Water facebook page.

 

 

 

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