Brooklyn's BBQ isn't just serving up meat and sides at its second location: It's also bringing the beats.
Owners John and Julie Steeber, who unveiled the first Brooklyn's BBQ on Calloway Drive in 2016, have now opened the new restaurant and nightclub at 4500 Buck Owens Blvd., where Replay Lounge was previously.
"To open a second location after two years is a really phenomenal feat in Bakersfield," said Jim Luff, the restaurant's promotions manager. "It's a good indication that location No. 1 did well."
The restaurant and nightclub are two separate areas, each with their own entrance, Luff explained, so the restaurant will remain a family-friendly dinner option. The nightclub will be classy, he said, with a dress code prohibiting baggy clothes.
The new location also has a meeting space, which Luff said can be set up like a classroom, for special events or presentations.
While the restaurant portion of what Luff called Brooklyn's BBQ 2 will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., the nightclub will be open Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Luff said the new spot will be a great lunch option for those working downtown and that they will be able to order, get their food, eat and be on their way back to the office in about 30 minutes.
The community is invited to check out the new location with a handful of events this weekend.
First up is the official grand opening on Thursday at 5 p.m., when the restaurant's namesake, the Steebers' 4-year-old daughter Brooklyn, will (carefully) cut the ribbon.
The first event is also a fundraiser for League of Dreams, a local nonprofit that offers adaptive sports opportunities for children with disabilities. Brooklyn's has donated to the organization in the past and was eager to work with it again for the opening.
"Brooklyn's has come to League of Dreams several times to say, 'How can we help out with your fundraising?'" said Luff, who is also on the nonprofit's board. He added that the restaurant and organization recently teamed up for a Cinco de Mayo event.
Guests at the fundraiser can enjoy live music by The Nightwatchers, food specials and free samples. During a raffle, they will have the chance to win gift cards and baskets from local businesses. Tickets are $5 each, with all proceeds going to League of Dreams.
"League of Dreams is totally supported by community donations and contributions," Luff said. "While we don't have a specific fundraising number in mind, donations are so important to the ongoing delivery of services to disabled children."
The opening weekend festivities continue at the nightclub with DJ Myth on Friday at 9:30 p.m. and The Aviators on Saturday at 9 p.m. Both events will have drink specials and food available and have a $5 cover (though guests can get in free before 10 p.m. on Friday).