Co-founder Scott Moloney confirms to Eater that he along with partners Zac Idzikowski and father Tim Idzikowski, and Brandon Hannish recently purchased the former VFW Hall at 630 E 11 Mile Rd. in Madison Heights.
The 5,000-square-foot space will be utilized as a commissary kitchen for the growing barbecue company, allowing Woodpile to centralize its sauce and side-making as well as its catering business into one building. Roughly 1,000-square feet will be devoted to a 40-seat restaurant with a carryout counter.
Moloney notes that the Madison Heights building was particularly appealing not only because Woodpile wanted to target that market but also because of its convenient location close to the 696 and 75 freeways.
The Madison Heights location will be outfitted with additional smokers for catering, but Moloney says that Woodpile BBQ Shack remains dedicated to “smoking meat on the site at each restaurant.” He adds: “We will have pit masters at every location we will be opening up.”
The new suburban outpost is expected to open sometime this summer — a brisk timeline but one that Moloney feels is achievable. We think it’s doable,” he says. “The bones of that VFW Hall were good and it already has a kitchen in place.”
Woodpile BBQ Shack debuted its first outpost in Clawson in 2015 with seasoned pit master Steve “Bubba” Coddington at the helm and last year confirmed plans to expand to Detroit’s New Center neighborhood later this year.
Moloney says that the developers behind Baltimore Station where Woodpile is opening in Detroit are still in the process of completing their building renovations. Once they’re finished — possibly by this spring — Woodpile’s team will need at least 90 more days to work on their buildout. That places the opening sometime this fall. Stay tuned for more updates as the projects move forward.