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New Pit BBQ at Old Pearson's Location in LIC?

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New Pit BBQ at Old Pearson's Location in LIC?

Dan H. | Nov 15, 2002 05:28 PM

It was quite a shock the other day when I drove by the old Pearson's location in Hunters Point, LIC (51st Ave, I believe) and saw a giant red neon sign with the letters "BBQ" flashing next to another giant (!) neon sign showing a big bull blowing smoke out of its nose (!!). It seems a new two-level BBQ joint will soon open where Pearson's used to be in LIC. I think the name of the place is something like "Philly Joe's Smoke House" which leads me to believe that the old zoning is still in effect and there might be another real pit barbecue opening in Queens. Anyone know anything else? The place looks much more "duded" up than the old Pearson's, with swinging cowboy doors in the entrance and, I suspect, saw dust on the floor. The neighbors on this primarily residental block always used to complain about the old Pearsons so I wonder what the new more garish digs and pit smoke will bring. Stay tuned.

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