After Renovation, Smoke Joint Reopens as Peaches HotHouse Fort Greene


An oft-crowded Brooklyn food staple has opened a new spot in Fort Greene.

Peaches HotHouse Fort Greene quietly opened its doors October 17 at 87 South Elliott Place. Signage is not yet up but flyers in the windows announced its arrival. The space was formerly occupied by sister restaurant Smoke Joint, which closed for renovations at the beginning of the summer before the switch-around.

It has been relatively laid back during its first few days of business, with none of the long lines familiar to visitors of Peaches HotHouse in Bed Stuy. But that could change in the next few weeks as people start to realize the space is open for business.

The owners, Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel, opened Smoke Joint in 2006. The restaurant group, B+C Restaurants, has since opened numerous other restaurants in Brooklyn, including Peaches Shrimp and Crab in Clinton Hill and Peaches and Peaches HotHouse, both in Bed Stuy.

The dinner menu is similar to Peaches HotHouse in Bed Stuy, with staples such as the HotHouse Burger and appetizers such as fried green tomatoes and barbecued shrimp. It is known for its Nashville-style hot chicken.

Brunch service will begin on October 27, according to the company’s Facebook page, and the menu will change in the future, according to the Peaches Instagram. They are currently open Tuesday through Saturday, beginning at 5 pm.


The restaurant opens at the base of a newly redesigned Fowler Square, which debuted new outdoor seating and a cleaner look in May.

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