Award-winning competition pitmaster Shane Nasby opens his first restaurant today in Bellevue — as HoneyFire Barbeque Co. sets up shop with smoked meats in chain-heavy One Bellevue Place.
The fast-casual, family-owned barbecue joint serves a couple of smoked meat options: chopped and sliced Texas-style brisket (seasoned only with salt and pepper) plus pulled pork with house-made sauces and habanero-infused local honey. Nasby’s takes on traditional Southern sides include white queso mac and cheese and Hoosier corn pudding (inspired by Nasby’s Indiana roots). The Southern shine sandwich stacks hand-pulled pork atop fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and candied bacon with a drizzle of HoneyFire sauce on a toasted bun.
The contemporary fast-casual restaurant is sleek with black and white fixtures and honeycomb-adorned seating, a nod to Nasby’s signature habanero-infused local honey. The space seats 160 guests inside and on the expansive outdoor patio where large garage doors will open to the full bar.
At the bar, expect adult sodas, wine, beer, and signature cocktails— like the sweet and salty Pawpaw’s Coke — a drinkable throwback, served in a classic glass Coca-Cola bottle with whiskey and loaded with peanuts.
HoneyFire Barbeque Co. is the culmination of Nasby’s numerous years spent refining his fusion of regional techniques and signature sweet heat flavors while involved in the highly competitive barbecue circuit. Nasby, his wife Angela, and entrepreneur Ben Claybaker are all co-owners of HoneyFire.
HoneyFire Barbeque Co. will be open November 19 to November 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. before transitioning to their standard operating hours Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on November 26.