Food & Drink News

Acclaimed pitmaster David Sandusky has gained national recognition for his restaurant Beast Craft BBQ (20 S Belt W, Belleville). However, his new concept, set to open this month in Columbia, Illinois, is quite different. Smoke & Kettle (5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, Illinois) will be located within a Knights of Columbus Hall in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The menu will focus on fish and chicken dishes, just in time for Lent, which begins on Tuesday, February 16 this year. Options will include catfish, cod, and shrimp, as well as some barbecue options. The restaurant will be a counter-service operation with seating for 30-40 people. It will initially be open on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent, with plans to expand hours in the future.

The real excitement for Sandusky, however, is the banquet hall at the Knights of Columbus Club & Event Center, which can seat 300 people. This will allow him to expand his catering and events business, something he has been unable to do before due to lack of space. Sandusky is confident in his ability to provide excellent service and food, and is excited to connect with the community in a new way. He believes that serving the Knights of Columbus and other patrons at their hall will be a great opportunity to introduce them to something new and different.

Sandusky and his wife and co-owner Meggan have recently opened concepts in non-traditional venues after the pandemic forced the closure of their second location, Beast Butcher & Block, in the Grove. They are now operating at CityPark stadium, where they serve customers during City SC games, as well as on the campus of Washington University. Sandusky is looking forward to serving the Knights of Columbus and anyone else who wants to stop by for a delicious meal. He believes that this is a great way to connect with the community in a new and exciting way.