International Barbecue Restaurant to Open in Westhampton

Buckhead's Grill is set to open in August at the former Finn's.

A new eatery featuring international barbecue, called Buckhead's Grill, is set to to take over the former Finn's restaurant in Westhampton with an opening date scheduled for early August.

The building, which has sat vacant since March 31, was bustling on Monday with work crews gutting the Irish decor to make room for cow-hide chairs, country seating, a new bar, big screen televisions, barn doors and open kitchen with cook-out table.

With a cigar in his hand and planks of wood ready to be cut in front of him, owner of the new restaurant, Butch Bales (a pseudonym), said his new place is going to be something that no one on Long Island has ever seen before.

"This is not going to be your basic barbecue. And it's not about sauces. It's barbecue with a twist," he said, pointing to the patio and explaining that customers will be greeted with the smell of an outdoor grill, tables and chairs and a mechanical bull.

Inside, he said, will be rows of country tables, where families can mingle and have a good time.

"This restaurant is for everyone, from the blue collar worker to the lady from Madison," said Bales, who is originally from Toronto.

Bales, who owns several restaurants in the south, from Florida to Georgia and North Carolina, said his newest restaurant is going to mix what he does at those locations with BBQ styles that he has learned while traveling through Europe and Argentina. 

"This is going to be a radically chic barbecue," Bales said. "It's old school country from around the world with style."

Bales says that all his dishes, which will be made with local organic goods, will not only be visually amazing, but the taste will keep customers coming back for more. And the price, he said, will be reasonable, with appetizers ranging between $5 and $9 and entrees between $10 and $25.

Aside from individual dishes, he said, meals can be purchased family-style.

"Everything we do is cooked on a wood grill," he said, "from our burgers to our ribs, pulled Long Island duck, and chicken wings."

And speaking of chicken wings, Bales touts that his wings are the hottest. 

Called Bucks Inferno, the wings are free for anyone who can eat them, he said. "They are black widow."

The restaurant will also feature 20 varieties of tap beer and Long Island wines that can be paired with any dish.

Will you be first in line at Buckhead's? Post your response in the comment section below. 


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Ralebird July 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
"Radically chic barbecue"? Pass.
G-men July 11, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Let's hope the BBQ at this place is better than Cody's in Riverhead
Lello July 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I have eaten at his resturants they our out of this world Westhpton in for a treat. And for the guy who said pass go try it. Then comment.
Bill July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
sounds mouth-watering! Looking forward to a change of pace.
Anna July 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Ive been one of his places before and the food is unbelieveable, especially for the prices.
Lisa July 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
can't wait... I have been to one of the restaurants in North Carolina and was blown away by the taste of everything I ate... so excited to have one in Westhampton...
JustAnotherOne July 11, 2012 at 04:57 PM
nice to see something will be opening where yet another Gordon Ramsay project has closed down
Ralebird July 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Lisa, Anna, Bill, and Lello have never posted here before but all have come here today to tell us how wonderful this place will be. I smell something...and it's not the smoker.
ileane July 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
IIeane Looking forward to eating at the new restaurant.
West End Girl July 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I'm with gj - I'm new too, but this place is strange...starting with the fact that Butch Bales isn't even his name! Met him a few weeks ago and he was introduced as Leopold from Palm Beach...seems a strange way to start out. http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cleanplatecharlie/2011/02/qa_with_owner_and_chef_of_apic.php
Lisa July 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I am new to the Hampton Patch but not to good food... be friendly to others in your neighborhood... sounds like others are jealous of the competition...
Tim Sullivan July 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM
@gj- what do you care? Are you the welcome wagon for all new commenters?
Tim Sullivan July 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I met Leopold a few years back at one of his restaurants in Georgia. His nickname is "Butch Barbecue" so I don't know why everyone is trying to make a big deal about nothing. His brisket is out of this world and I'm looking forward to Buckheads.
Tim Sullivan July 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
And yet, you didn't pass. You're still coming back on to comment.
Almo July 12, 2012 at 02:53 AM
West end girl???? Leopold. Bubba butch he's the best at five star or BBQ chic. So don't be. So. Upset.
Ralebird July 12, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Self promotion is fine; doing it under the cover of numerous aliases is...distasteful.
Almo July 12, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Gj it's a nickname. What ur gig
Erica Jackson (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Buch Bales is the owner's nickname. The article now reflects that.
nona631 July 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
so the guy is kooky. Nobody has eaten there so no one can say. It would be nice if we could get some really good food. Most of the places around here a sub par. Honestly $25 for meatloaf? I wish him good luck and hopefully he will be open in the winter also.
Cahill July 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM
No meatloaffff. BBQ. You will see.
Frank Wheeler July 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM
>> Butch Bales (a pseudonym) What is he,part of the Witness Relocation Program?
Far Tso October 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I'll pass too--will Finn McCool's find a new location? I hope so.
Far Tso October 30, 2012 at 07:21 PM
You mean you didn't get the runs?
Far Tso October 30, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Ramsay had nothing to do with it. The place was doing fine. You can't stay open when you can't renew your lease. Or maybe that's too hard a concept to understand.
Far Tso October 30, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Dana Sonia January 05, 2013 at 12:05 AM
I would say 4 comments all on the same day within minutes of each other is a bad attempt at self promotion. July 11th was a popular day. Pace yourself
Fred L January 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Good pick up, Dona...I wish the shills for this place would stay on places like YELP .. what ever happened to this place that thought they could open by violating stop work orders....did the illegal awnings get taken out by the storm ??
Robert February 05, 2013 at 09:03 PM
if any of the contractors who worked on this place need a witness please contact me .. he is also claiming I did not work there when I filed a claim against him with the DOL when in fact, I worked there for two weeks before he decided to delay opening..
Johnny A August 01, 2013 at 09:38 AM
I'm curious to find out what beers they will be carrying. Hopefully some of those 20 tap lines will include some of the fine local beers made by the Blue Point, Southampton, and and Greenport breweries.


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