After a fire destroyed Morgan’s Barbecue two years ago the restaurant has just announced plans to reopen, reports Patch. The beloved barbecue joint on Flatbush Avenue and St. Mark’s Place is slated to reopen once city permits come through. 

Morgan’s was one of several BBQ joints to open its doors in 2013, but its commitment to Austin-style meats and indoor-outdoor Texas vibe helped it rise above the rest. And in January 2021, a fire decimated Morgan’s and the building above the restaurant.The fire took over two hours to contain and FDNY officials stated that the blaze started in the ducts above the smoker. 

After the fire Morgan faced several battles including ongoing insurance issues, pandemic-related supply chain issues, and other delays. Nonetheless, the smokehouse will be restored to its former glory with a good amount of the original culinary team, including executive chef Cenobio Canalizo.

“It was devastating,” Glazier said, who has worked in the restaurant business his whole life and has owned Morgan’s since purchasing it from the original owners four years ago. “When I got here, they were still fighting the flames,” he recalled. But Glazier acknowledges how luck he — and the upstairs residents in the building — were that the fire was during the day and not at night.

Glazier is looking forward to serving up some famous barbecue in the coming weeks, starting with a soft opening and dinner service only. And with renovations slated to restore key elements of the original space, Glazier is ready to put the fire behind him.

Morgan’s will have a new floor and ceiling and in acknowledging the role delivery plays in the food industry, some interior walls will be redesigned to help get food out the door seamlessly. The menu will also get new additions, such as the popular Philadelphia Smoked Brisket Cheesesteak, Candied Burnt Ends, Beef-back Ribs and a new 24oz Cowboy Steak.

“Now you get to see the other side of the story,” Glazier stated. “”I’ve owned restaurants all over the city and even the country, and you don’t get more diverse than where we are in Brooklyn. And that’s what makes it so, so wonderful.”

Kimberlean Donis

Kimberlean Donis is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. She is a student at both London City University and Williams College majoring in Political Science, Art History, and Africana Studies.

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