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Minh Tran

From the ICYMI Department, Clay’s Smokehouse has closed... again. If you remember, the longtime barbecue joint shuttered its longtime SE Division digs in the summer of 2016, only to reopen at the end of 2017 in a new spot that was just a block away.

On Tuesday afternoon, the owners left this note on Facebook:

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Dear friends,
We regret to say that the endeavor to reboot Clay's Smokehouse on Division Street started off very well, but tonight will be our last night before closing the doors tomorrow. Eight months ago we became an island in a sea of large scale construction projects and immediately saw the impact on sales with closed sidewalks, lack of parking and general inaccessibility. We hoped that between our catering sales and delivery, we could weather the storm, but now that the catering season is over the numbers dictate what must be done. We hope you will come out and join us tonight for a last supper and to raise a glass as we say farewell. Thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported us thus far. We will be fulfilling remaining catering orders and look forward to reopening Clay's Smokehouse in the future. Cheers! Matt and Mike(s)

So maybe it’s too early to say RIP just yet.