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Beloved KC-area BBQ restaurant chain closing after nearly a decade – KMBC Kansas City

Beloved KC-area BBQ restaurant chain closing after nearly a decade - KMBC Kansas City
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GOOD MORNING. RACHEL: IT IS INCREDIBLE. OPERATION BARBECUE RELIEF AND PLOWBOYS BBQ HAVE TEAMED UP TO CREATE THE RESTAURANT RELI PROGRAM. THEY CREATED THIS TWO WEEKS AGO AND HAVE ALREADY SERVED MORE THAN 30,000 FREE MEALS TO THOSE IN NEED, TO ESSENTIAL WORKERS, NON-PROFITS, AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS. >> THIS PROGRAM HAS THE SAME GOAL THAT WE’VE ALWAYS HAD AND THAT’S TO FEED THE PEOPLE IN NEED. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GETTING TO DO HERE. >> HOPEFULLY WE CAN PROVIDE TH WITH JUST ONE LESS THING TO WORRY ABOUT AS THEY’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY THEIR RENT, PAY THEIR UTILITIES AND FEED THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. WE CAN AT LEAST TAKE ONE OF THOSE OFF OF THEIR WORRY LIST. RACHEL: THEY PLAN TO OPEN UP SIMILAR PROGRAMS LIKE THIS IN CALIFORNIA, PENNSYLVANIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP THEIR EFFORTS AND HELP FEED MORE PEOPLE RIGHT HERE IN KC, YOU CAN DONATE AT OBR.ORG. OR IF YOU ARE AN ESSENTIAL WORKER, A NONPROFIT OR INDIVIDUAL T

Beloved KC-area BBQ restaurant chain closing after nearly a decade

The four founders hope to retire from restaurant life.

A much-loved Kansas City-area barbecue chain will be closing its doors later this month, with its owners hoping to retire from restaurant life.Plowboys Barbecue will be closing its doors on Aug. 14.The first restaurant in the chain opened its doors in Blue Springs, Missouri, in 2013. A downtown KCMO location was added in 2015. A third location was also open in Overland Park for two years. Plowboys owners include Todd Johns, founder/president/chief pitmaster; Audrey Johns, director of catering; Todd Johnson, chief financial officer; and Sally Johnson, accounts payable. The owners said as part of their announcement Tuesday that they’re preparing to retire from restaurant life.“We are very proud of what Plowboys accomplished: three metro restaurant locations spanning both sides of the state line, the only BBQ restaurant in the downtown loop, a franchise restaurant in Lincoln, Neb., plus five years as the exclusive barbeque of the Chiefs at Arrowhead,” said Todd Johns in a statement.Plowboys got its start with Johns snagging a Grand Champion win at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Recently, he was featured as a traveling pitmaster with the Q BBQ Festivals, producing events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, and Jacksonville, Florida. “As we close our restaurants, the first word I think of is how grateful I am,” Johns said. “Grateful to have been a part of the long, rich barbeque tradition in Kansas City. Grateful for our fans, who loved our brand and our food. Grateful for the many vendor partners we worked with over the years. and, most importantly, grateful for our staff, who supported us in the good times and endured during the hard times, always supporting each other and working together to help create a sense of community.”Before the pandemic, researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average restaurant survives 4 ½ years. “We have more than exceeded expectations,” Johns added.Owners said while the restaurants will be closing, they plan to continue to develop and sell some products in a retail setting. The Plowboys Foods line includes rubs manufactured in Kansas City by Old World Spices & Seasonings, and a family of sauces made at Garden Complements in North Kansas City.

A much-loved Kansas City-area barbecue chain will be closing its doors later this month, with its owners hoping to retire from restaurant life.

Plowboys Barbecue will be closing its doors on Aug. 14.

The first restaurant in the chain opened its doors in Blue Springs, Missouri, in 2013. A downtown KCMO location was added in 2015. A third location was also open in Overland Park for two years.

Plowboys owners include Todd Johns, founder/president/chief pitmaster; Audrey Johns, director of catering; Todd Johnson, chief financial officer; and Sally Johnson, accounts payable. The owners said as part of their announcement Tuesday that they’re preparing to retire from restaurant life.

“We are very proud of what Plowboys accomplished: three metro restaurant locations spanning both sides of the state line, the only BBQ restaurant in the downtown loop, a franchise restaurant in Lincoln, Neb., plus five years as the exclusive barbeque of the Chiefs at Arrowhead,” said Todd Johns in a statement.

Plowboys got its start with Johns snagging a Grand Champion win at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Recently, he was featured as a traveling pitmaster with the Q BBQ Festivals, producing events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, and Jacksonville, Florida.

“As we close our restaurants, the first word I think of is how grateful I am,” Johns said. “Grateful to have been a part of the long, rich barbeque tradition in Kansas City. Grateful for our fans, who loved our brand and our food. Grateful for the many vendor partners we worked with over the years. and, most importantly, grateful for our staff, who supported us in the good times and endured during the hard times, always supporting each other and working together to help create a sense of community.”

Before the pandemic, researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average restaurant survives 4 ½ years. “We have more than exceeded expectations,” Johns added.

Owners said while the restaurants will be closing, they plan to continue to develop and sell some products in a retail setting.

The Plowboys Foods line includes rubs manufactured in Kansas City by Old World Spices & Seasonings, and a family of sauces made at Garden Complements in North Kansas City.

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