He will continue operating his food truck and plans to use his full kitchen to prepare the food and “feed” the truck at large summer festivals. Since food trucks typically are parked during the cold months, Dalton said the restaurant will afford him the opportunity to stay open year-round.
Dalton said when he first looked at the Central Avenue property, he turned it down, saying it was too small for what he needed. But after working with and being convinced by developer Scott Lewis, owner of the property, Dalton said the location is “absolutely beautiful.”
The restaurant has a seating capacity of 48, but after separating the tables to comply with COVID health guidelines, it seats 36, he said. That’s “plenty of room” and he also hopes to add an outdoor patio, Dalton said.
He wants to be part of the downtown revitalization that has recently seen the opening of several business including Charlie & Will Provisions, Fast Lane Subs, Aquatics and More and Annie Up Boutique.
“This is home and you always want to take care of your hometown,” said Dalton, 44, a 1994 Middletown High School graduate. “The city has been phenomenal and easy to work with.”
Brent’s is a family business, he said. His wife, Kelly, and children — Brady, 24, Isabel, 19, and Ava, 15 — will work there along with friends from Breiel Boulevard Church of God.
HOW TO GO
WHAT: Brent’s Smokin’ Butts and Gill
WHERE: 1206 Central Ave., Middletown
MENU: Pulled pork, ribs, smoked brisket, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, soft drinks.
HOURS: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday