This New Restaurant Will Feature Texas-Style BBQ and Live Music

Maverick Texas BBQ and Smyrna Music Hall is slated to open this summer.

This New Restaurant in Smyrna Features Texas-Style BBQ and Live Music

Courtesy of Dave Dettra


The name Dave Dettra is synonymous with Jellyroll, the party dance band that he’s been playing keyboard in for 37 years. But music is not his only passion. Ten years ago, he and his wife became interested in barbecue. “We started traveling to different regions that specialize in barbecue including Texas,” says Dettra. The couple decided to open a restaurant and searched for years for the perfect spot. Four years ago they found it in Smyrna. They have slowly been renovating the building—formerly City Tap Pizza Pub & Grille—to open Maverick Texas BBQ and Smyrna Music Hall. The couple’s restaurant will serve traditional, Texas-style barbecue and will also have live music up to four nights a week. “My wife and I will be smoking the food (think: ribs, brisket and sausage) and making the sides,” says Dettra.

He says they settled on Smyrna for a number of reasons. For one, the building was the perfect backdrop for their restaurant. “We looked at a lot of other locations but we were attracted to the vibe. The building looks like a building in an old Texas town. We have also been very welcomed by the people of Smyrna,” he says.

Dettra says he hopes to have the restaurant open—with or without a liquor license—by the second week in June. “Our goal is definitely to be open for Smyrna at Night on June 23.”

More information:

Maverick Texas BBQ and Smyrna Music Hall
19 W. Commerce St., Smyrna
(215) 806-2184

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