Despite winning chilis in October's Santa Cruz Chili Cookoff, SmoQe BBQ in Aptos closed its doors Sunday night.
One of the last remaining chefs said the 3-year-old restaurant lost too much in its first year—some $200,000—to make it up despite its recent successes. He said he hoped to find a way to reopen the restaurant which served wood-fired pizza as well as barbeque.
It October's Sausage Festival in Santa Cruz's Westside and had lines out the door on weekends and week nights. It also Aracelly Clouse as a place that was perfect for meat eaters and vegetarians.