A Hong Kong-based restaurant group run by two chef-entrepreneur friends Arron Rhodes and Chris Grare, SHOWMEN GROUP was born from a shared vision of creating restaurants that guests would want to visit every day of the week.

Their first venture, Kinship, first opened in May 2019 in the heart of SoHo offers hearty and wholesome New World flavors inspired by the chefs’ travels around Asia. Kinship’s trademark warm service and open-armed hospitality were carried into Showmen Group’s second venture, Smoke & Barrel smokehouse and BBQ restaurant on Wyndham Street that opened in October 2020. Christened the “Best BBQ in Town”, Smoke & Barrel pays homage to the age-old American culinary tradition of wood-smoked barbecue cooked slow ‘n low in Hong Kong’s only imported smoker. With “Showmen” Arron and Chris at the forefront of each venture, SHOWMEN GROUP will continue to expand its brand based on the same humble philosophy and mission to show guests a good time with delicious food and warm service.

At Kinship, guests can expect an elegant yet relaxed dining atmosphere, and best of all, Michelin-worthy flavours at honest prices. Family comes first, and that philosophy holds true in all aspects of the restaurant. We serve new world cuisine, traditional techniques, with flavours of world travel. Our belief is that food should not be defined by one culture. Celebrating the lasting bonds of family and friendship in a city where most interactions are fleeting.

Smoke & Barrel is the true epitome of old-school American BBQ, bringing to Hong Kong the one and only imported wood-fired smoker AKA ‘The Beast’ all the way from Missouri. Diners can expect exceptional, full-flavoured meats cooked slow n’low to produce the hallmark hickory-wood aromatic flavours of traditional Texas-style BBQ cooking. All of S&B meats are carefully prepared and smoked in-house in our open kitchen, this gives our guests a complete interactive experience where you can see the authentic BBQ process in action.

Cool and chic, Brooklyn Yakuza is a tasteful tribute to the East meets West culinary culture of both America and Japan. Amidst the deep neon lights and theatrical sake bar setting, the venue takes inspiration from Tokyo’s buzzing Izakayas to embrace casual gatherings with grazing styled sharing plates and drinks. It is the ideal space to enjoy signature cocktails crafted with Japanese ingredients, or Sake that will carry the partying late into the night.

Founders note

The restaurant chain was developed in 2019 and has opened three restaurants and one cocktail bar to date. The chain has plans for expansion and will continue bringing delicious concepts to the city of Hong Kong.