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Sarah Gish visits the original Joe's Kansas City in Kansas City, Kan., where general manager Jerry Taylor shows off Joe's famous Z-Man sandwich, fries and other barbecue specialties.
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Sarah Gish visits the original Joe's Kansas City in Kansas City, Kan., where general manager Jerry Taylor shows off Joe's famous Z-Man sandwich, fries and other barbecue specialties.

The news that Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que will open its original gas station location this Sunday struck a salivating nerve in the Twitterverse.

“JUST THIS ONCE,” declared the tweet that hit just before lunchtime Tuesday.

“This Sunday, Oct. 21, we’re going to do something special. We’re going to open for business here at the gas station. This Sunday we’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. But only HERE at our original gas station location. So come on in for a Z-Man or a Rocket Pig, or to pick up some barbecue for the Chiefs game. But don’t get used to it because we may not open on Sunday again for another 22 years. SEE YOU SUNDAY.”

The original gas station Joe’s is at 3002 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Kan.

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Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que will open its original gas station location this Sunday only. joeskc.com

That location and the other two in Olathe and Leawood are never open on Sunday.

Why is that?

“Our employees work hard all week and deserve some time off to rest, relax and spend with their families,” according to Joe’s website.

So, what’s special about this Sunday? It’s got to be because of the 7:20 p.m. home game between the 5-1 Chiefs and the 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals, right?

That’s what a lot of people, including USA Today, concluded.

“The Chiefs are so good that they got iconic Joe’s KC BBQ restaurant to open on Sunday,” the newspaper reported. “Patrick Mahomes is that good.”

Some wished Joe’s was open every Sunday.

“Sorry, but where were you all these years for Chiefs Sunday?” asked C47K1N5. “How does a bbq joint stay closed during the 8 days a year when bbq is probably eaten more than any other day? I just can’t take you guys seriously.”

Others were just happy. @Zachychan26 tweeted: “Best bbq in KC gonna be open on Sunday!! You got lucky.”



Some speculated the whole thing was for publicity. In a way, that’s right.

The real reason Joe’s will be open this Sunday? It seems the Food Network is coming to town.

“The show ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’ wants to feature one of our sandwiches in an upcoming episode, but their shooting schedule only allowed them to be in Kansas City for one day, and it happened to be this Sunday,” said Doug Worgul, director of marketing for Joe’s Kansas City, in an email to The Star.

“So, we decided to open to the public so our dining room would be full when the film crew is here,” Worgul continued. “The fact that there’s a Chiefs home game that evening is just a happy coincidence.”

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