Carmel is getting ready for an ‘Evolution of BBQ.’
The former Dairy Queen at 9800 N. Michigan Road in Carmel has closed, soon to be replaced with a barbecue restaurant called Porkopolis.
Porkopolis BBQ currently operates two restaurants in the Phoenix area: a Chandler location that opened in 2012 and a Scottsdale location that opened in 2016.
The business was created by Matt Hamilton and Brady Bogen, both long-time friends and Ohio expats who landed in Arizona in early 2000. Hamilton is a restaurateur and business consultant who has operated establishments both in Phoenix and around the United States. Bogen is a radio host of a popular rock radio station out of Tempe, Arizona. With Hamilton’s restaurant expertise, and Bogen’s developed line of sauces and spices, the venture launched its first location in Chandler, Arizona in 2012.
Porkopolis takes its name from an old Cincinnati nickname, which dates to the era when the city was a center for hog processing in the early to mid-1800s. With the founder’s familiar ties tracing back to the area, the name Porkopolis has now become synonymous with some of the top modern barbeque in the Phoenix area. Its success is now wafting east of the Mississippi as the first Indiana location is slated to open on May 7th, 2018.
Diners and barbeque aficionados can expect what Porkopolis calls, “The Evolution of BBQ.” The menu includes classic, slow-cooked meats like pulled pork and beef brisket, baby back ribs and smoked chicken. They also bring in some house specialties with a twist with items such as BBQ Jambalaya, Jalapeno Smoked Meatloaf, and Blackened Catfish.
Hamilton, an Indiana University graduate, and Gavin Hart, who was franchisee for the Dairy Queen in Carmel, were fraternity brothers at IU. Hart said he wanted to move into a different type of restaurant for his Carmel store. Hart will be a majority partner in the Carmel Porkopolis,. “We’re always looking for opportunities. This one has a unique twist from an operational standpoint.”