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Sugarfire is on fire in Olivette

The first lunchtime patrons go through the line on Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at Sugarfire Smoke House in Olivette. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

The barbecue restaurant Sugarfire Smoke House will open a new location at 605 Washington Avenue downtown.

Co-owner Mike Johnson said he and his partners finalized a lease Tuesday on the address, which is next to the National Blues Museum.

"I've been wanting to come downtown (to open a restaurant) my whole life," Johnson said.

Johnson added that his future neighbors along that section of the Washington Avenue corridor, including Pi Pizzeria and Gerard Craft's forthcoming Porano Pasta & Gelato, make the location especially appealing.

The new Sugarfire will feature the same menu as the original Olivette location and its satellites in St. Charles and O'Fallon, Mo. The downtown Sugarfire will also include a separate bar.

Johnson said the Sugarfire team is aiming for a Sept. 1 opening.

Ian Froeb is the restaurant critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.