The white-tablecloth Prime 505 steakhouse in Collingswood has closed, and I hear that a much more accessible restaurant is on the way for the spot at 505 Haddon Ave., the freestanding building that also formerly housed a Curves.
Little Louie's BBQ is being steered by Gerald Dougherty, a well-seasoned chef whose background includes the old Sheraton Rittenhouse, the Latham Hotel, and the Moshulu in Philly, and the short-lived Jonathan's American Grille in Jenkintown. He's been catering for the last several years.
The 44-seat BYOB, which he expects to open in late October, will serve barbecue from assorted regions, incuding Carolina, Memphis, Texas, and Kansas City. He's doing a cartoon-cowboy motif inspired by the old black-and-white westerns. Unlike many other BBQ joints, he won't have a pig mascot.
Two smokers will feature the usual (ham, turkey, beef, pork) and the unusual (duck and salmon).