Canadian import, Smoke’s Poutinerie, is about to make landfall for the first time in Michigan. The gravy and cheese curd-topped french fry slinger has taken over the former World of Beer space at 1300 S. University Avenue in Ann Arbor and is in the midst of transforming it into a customizable poutine restaurant, according to MLive. The Smoke’s outpost will be accompanied by a brand new bar franchise dubbed The Beaver Trap.
Smoke's menu boasts 30 different varieties of gravy fries, including Philly cheesesteak poutine, vegetarian rainbow poutine, and butter chicken poutine.
The restaurant will seat around 65 patrons with an additional 70 seats on the patio. Smoke’s will also feature a walk-up window. On the bar side, customers can expect 50 beers on tap. True to its drunk food roots, the poutine spot is expected to stay open until 3 a.m.
The franchise location is one of three restaurants expected to hit Michigan within the next year. The Midwest franchisees announced last summer that they were exploring locations for future Smoke’s Poutineries in Detroit and Lansing, alongside cities in Ohio and Indiana.
Smoke's operates 100 locations in Canada and in 2015 began its U.S. expansion starting with San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The gravy fry chain is also slated to expand into Maryland. So far, each new location's interior has had a localized flair. Stay tuned for more updates.