Retired fireman launches second career with Fireside BBQ

08/12/2014 2:43 PM

08/12/2014 5:04 PM

A barbecue ‘sundae’ has customers of the new Fireside BBQ doing a double-take.

But patrons won’t have to worry about this dish melting before they get home. It is just a creative take on a to-go item — a choice of meat and two sides in a to-go cup.

Fireside BBQ had a grand opening Aug. 1 at 10400 Mastin St., Overland Park, in a shopping center just off U.S. 69.

Owner Greg Barnes was a firefighter for the Overland Park Fire Department for 32 years before retiring in March. But he had long wanted to open a barbecue restaurant. His daughter, Kelly Barnes, and his nephew, Ryan Barnes, gave him a little a push, promising to sign on as managers.

He had grown up watching his late father, Jack Barnes, barbecue in their backyard, mostly ham and chicken, to rave reviews from family and friends. He later convinced his father to add more barbecue items to their menu and then the two began competing in area barbecue competitions under Jacks Or Better — using his father’s recipes or some that he had improved on a bit.

Now the Fireside BBQ menu includes many of those favorites and more — ribs, beef brisket, turkey, pulled pork, sausage, and burnt ends. It also sells meat by the pound. Sides include cheesy potatoes, cheesy corn bake, baked beans, cole slaw and deviled egg potato salad.

Barnes also offers Dump Cake (fruit and cake), rotating the flavors — strawberry, blueberry, peach, cherry and apple pecan. He grew up making Dump Cakes as a Boy Scout and then his fellow firefighters brought them back at the station, getting creative on flavors.

Fireside BBQ’s hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

On weekends, Barnes concentrates on his catering operation. But he also might take a weekend off to do “things I missed out on when I was working as a fireman. We only had one weekend off a month,” he said.

Workingman’s gourmet hot dog place for Oak Park Mall

New York Dawg Pound is coming to Oak Park Mall’s food court.

Will Brown and a partner opened the “workingman’s gourmet hot dog” place at 7702 Shawnee Mission Parkway — west of Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park — in late 2010. Brown said he bought out his partner in late 2013.

Now Brown plans to open a New York Dawg Pound in the Overland Park shopping center, at 95th Street and Quivira Road, by late August. He is taking the former Ingredient spot. Ingredient closed in June after about a year of operations.

With just chili, cheese, mustard and onion, the Bulldawg is one of the tamest ‘dawgs’ on New York Dawg Pound’s menu. Other signature hot dogs include the Ol’ Blue (with barbecue sauce, onion straws and pickle), the Boston Terrier (with baked beans, cheese, bacon and onion), the Yankee Poodle (with bacon, egg and cheese) and the Chihuahua (with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapeno on a tortilla).

Hot dog prices range from $3.50 to $4.50. Customers can order such sides as onion straws, french fries, sweet potato waffle fries, salad, slaw, chips, baked beans, chili, and potato salad. Other menu items include Veggie Bites (a black bean patty), baked potatoes, cheesesteaks, and dessert samples called Dessert Bites, along with fried Twinkies.

“Oak Park Mall approached me,” Brown said. “They liked the high quality of the food, the family friendly menu, and the fast, friendly service. Everyone can eat at one spot.”

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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