Pinky Sue's Smoke House opens in downtown Newport

James Remley and Shawn Flynn met while working at a factory more than 15 years ago.  Now the friends have embarked on a new restaurant venture they hope will take them into the next phase of their professional lives.

The new restaurant is Pinky Sue's Smoke House which they opened at 527 York Street in downtown Newport.  Since opening Remley says that their lunches have been exceptionally busy and that they are now considering adding breakfast hours with an expanded menu.

"We decided we wanted to give this a shot to see if it might work out, and we're really hoping it will last," Remley explained.

The long-time friends are both Northern Kentucky residents and Remley says that they stumbled upon the space, formerly occupied by NuVo and Mokka, when driving past one day.  After finding out that the lease financially worked for them, they moved forward with this central location.

Pinky Sue's Smoke House, named for the partners' respective wives, seats about 40 people inside with room for another 20 to 30 people outside on their patio.  Remley says that first-time customers should try the ribs, but that many people have been going after the slow-smoked pulled pork which can be ordered in a sandwich deal for around $6.

The restaurant also offers a variety of other menu items like briskets, chicken, and a bevvy of side dishes including broccoli salad, baked beans, homemade potato salad, french fries and more.

The restaurant is currently open 11:30am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 11:30am to 9pm Friday through Sunday.  Dine in and carryout are available, and Remley says that catering orders can also be placed by calling (859) 491-9700 or fax at (859) 491-9888.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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