There’s a new, one of a kind, restaurant in the Friendly City of Fortuna. Smokin’ Barrels Burgers and BBQ has been serving smoked and barbequed meats and a number of other menu choices since late July.
The Fortuna Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the new business to the city.
Owners Dave and Brittany Kadivar are new to the restaurant business, but Dave Kadivar said this is the type of cooking he has done for friends and family for many years.
“This is what I have been doing…for friends and at home for many years,” Kadivar said referring to the type of food offered at the new restaurant. “We smoke everything in a barrel,” he said, “a 30-gallon drum which gives it just the right amount of smoke. I call it a kiss of smoke,” he said.
Kadivar bought the Fortuna location in January of this year. It is where the former sports pub Time Out was located, 1095 South Fortuna Boulevard, Suite E, in the Strongs Creek Plaza Shopping Center.
“I want this place to be warm and welcoming,” Kadivar said, “which is my version of Humboldt County. I think it is casual but nice…a place where you can come as you are. Whether it’s a date night, or a night out with friends or family, this is the place to be,” he added.
Kadivar comes to Fortuna after a more than 10-year successful career as co-owner of Steve and Dave’s in Eureka. After he bought the Fortuna location, he stepped away from the Eureka bar business to focus solely on the Fortuna restaurant. Both his new business and the former business he was involved in are going strong, Kadivar said.
He remodeled the interior and adjusted the focus to be on the food and not just a sports bar. He said there will still be sports available for watching, noting the establishment has the NFL Ticket, when football season gets completely underway, but said the focus will be on the food.
Nightly specials have been established and are planned. Smoked meat loaf is served every Tuesday and Sunday nights, and a smoked prime rib special will soon be coming to Monday nights.
“My goal is to treat customers like we want to be treated when we go out to eat,” Kadivar said referring to when he and his family go out for meals. “Nothing is pre-assembled,” he said, “and we offer something that no one else has.”
Smokin’ Barrels Burgers and BBQ is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.