Geralds Smokehouse - CLOSED

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In a Nutshell

Two-story restaurant set in former bank features meat smoker, VIP lounge, outdoor smoking patio, 2 bars & stage for comedians & live bands.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 10, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid for Mother's Day buffet or Thursday $0.35 wing special. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master’s touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy the Picassos of the pit with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for dinner for two (up to a $30 value)
  • $30 for dinner for four (up to a $60 value) <p>

Each dinner includes the following per two people:

  • $20 worth of southern-barbeque fare, such as a half-slab of house smoked ribs ($9.99), pulled-pork sandwich ($5.99), or rib tips ($9.99/lb.)
  • Two drinks (up to a $5 value each) <p>

Gerald’s Smokehouse Cuisine

The faint melody of blues music and the aroma of smoking meat drifts out of the imposing white brick façade of the former American Bank & Trust building. It can inspire the occasional double take from passersby who don't know that the opulent space is now occupied by Gerald’s Smokehouse. Inside, where bank tellers once counted cash, there's now a meat smoker that roasts ribs.

Restaurateur Gerald Bester has striven to preserve the building's old-fashioned bits of grandeur. The former deposit slip column has been upended into a long table, and the bank vault serves as the centerpiece of the dining room and as a time-out room for fussy dining companions. Sunlight pours through the service window at the end of the bar. Mr. Bester has also updated the space by transforming the second floor into a VIP lounge furnished with flat-screen TVs, leather couches, and an outside smoking patio.

Mr. Bester, who has a background in entertainment and promotions, strives to lure in international musicians, comedians, and poets to the restaurant’s stage. “I knew from an early age I wanted to be an entrepreneur," he says. "Comedy, bands—I just wanted it all in one location, with good food and good drinks.”

In contrast to the oft-elaborate décor, Mr. Bester keeps the food casual, offering southern-style barbecue. His chefs smoke ribs atop beds of apple-pecan and hickory wood and serve the meat alongside heaping sides of fried green tomatoes and collard greens.

Customer Reviews

The food was delicious and the waitress was very nice.
Georgette S. · December 30, 2012
Food was excellent - best barbeque in the area. Three sauces are offered which were all excellent and addressed a variety of spiciness desires. Service was great and the manager welcoming. We will definitely be back.
Michelle T. · May 29, 2012
$19 for two specialty drinks (long island iced tea and a cosmo) seems high for Racine. The food was excellent.
Matt A. · May 29, 2012

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