Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is good to go

tporter@lsjournal.comSeptember 6, 2013 

  • 1941 Year Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was founded in Dallas. The business recently opened a franchise in Summit Woods Crossing, operated by franchisee Ryan Wenrich.

The sandwich was so good to their taste buds, George and Karen Moore could barely utter a word.

Nearly a week after Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened its doors in Lee’s Summit, the Moores ventured into the business at 1736 N.W. Chipman Road, in Summit Woods Crossing, to sample the Texas-styled fare.

Midway through their meal, the Lee’s Summit residents were sold.

“It’s good,” said Karen Moore. “Very good. I can tell you right now, we’ll be back. It’s good.”

George Moore simply added: “Same thing; it’s good.”

Dickey’s celebrated a grand opening Aug. 29-31 and franchise owner Ryan Wenrich is pleased with what he has seen so far in the Lee’s Summit community.

“Lee’s Summit is a growing community and we felt like it needed some great barbecue brought to it,” Wenrich said Sept. 4. Wenrich’s family operates a Dickey’s and three Quiznos Sub Shops in Topeka, Kan., but has been in Lee’s Summit since prior to the grand opening. “I’m just lucky to be here.”

Asked about the Texas-style barbecue competing against established Kansas City-style barbecue businesses, Wenrich said Dickey’s, part of a franchise founded in Dallas in 1941, will have very little problem fitting in.

“We’re a little bit different than a lot of the Kansas City barbecue,” he said. “But, I would put our meats up against any of them. We smoke all of our meats on site. The brisket and the pork in particular are smoked over 14 hours everyday. The meat is the highlight of our operation. We have a great sauce, but the meat is the highlight and the sauce is secondary.”

Wenrich brought Taylor Jones with him as general manager of the Lee’s Summit location after Jones managed one of Wenrich’s Quiznos stores in Topeka. Jones, too, admitted to admiring the Lee’s Summit area as well.

“It’s been a very positive response from this community,” Jones said. “I love Lee’s Summit. I moved here a couple of weeks ago from Topeka. I live right downtown and I love the downtown district. I love it out here. Everybody is so nice and warm and have been real inviting letting us come in here and do barbecue in Kansas City. This city is great.”

Area resident Logan Cates, a pit boss at Dickey’s, had an interesting take on the new eatery.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” Cates said. “I didn’t know what we were in for as soon as this place opened. I thought it was going to be some knock-off brand barbecue. It’s actually one of the better barbecue joints around here in Kansas City. I go to the Filling Station (in downtown Lee’s Summit) quite often and I think it’s a pretty good competitor. I eat here all the time.”

Dickey’s was able to hire 15 employees for the Lee’s Summit location, which is typical of Wenrich’s other franchises.

“I can run an operation with about 15 people total,” he said. “It doesn’t take many. Obviously it’s great (to hire that many people in Lee’s Summit). Everybody is looking for jobs these days. We’re glad to be able to provide a few. A few of those are full-time positions, which is nice.”

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