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The Scoop: Adam’s Smokehouse joins Pappy’s, Bogart’s ‘cue family

July 18th 11:07am, 2013


The barbecue family at Pappy’s and Bogart’s is growing. Mothership, the ownership group behind these two local barbecue joints, is bringing another into the fold. Adam’s Smokehouse, the first licensee for Mothership, will be located at 2819 Watson Road.

Mike Emerson, one of the Mothership partners and the face behind Pappy’s, explained that Adam’s Smokehouse will be operated by his son-in-law Mike Ireland and Ireland’s business partner Frank Vinciguerra. Ireland and Vinciguerra have worked closely with Emerson during the last few years, noted Emerson. “They’ve learned our philosophy – what we believe and what we want to happen in St. Louis,” he said.

What Emerson and his Mothership partners want to happen is that the new 20-seat restaurant “not be a duplicate of Pappy’s or Bogart’s.” Guests at Adam’s will find distinctions in the ribs and other meaty fare “to be announced as we perfect them,” said Emerson. Adam’s, named in honor of Adam Gaffney, who died unexpectedly as a young man and was a friend of Emerson’s son John, is on target to open around Labor Day.

Mothership isn’t stopping with one new project, though; soon, it will be an international clan. Boogie’s BBQ, which opened a year ago in Nuremburg, Germany, is set to become a second Mothership licensee within a matter of days.




By Ligaya Figueras

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