As a 10-year-old growing up in Kansas City, Larry Noble Livingston Jr. started making grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs for his older brother and younger sister.
His cooking skills progressed from there. He would watch his dad make Sunday dinners of pork chops, green beans, cornbread and more, and then try to recreate them during the week. Then he moved on to barbecue.
“When my dad and his brothers did backyard barbecues I would be right there watching, and it just came naturally to me. I have been cooking and barbecuing ever since,” he said.
Livingston has been a professional grill cook for about two decades, but when he lost his job with Aramark, he pursued a longtime dream of opening his own restaurant.
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Larry and his wife, Lori, opened Livingston’s Breakfast Blues & BBQ on Monday at 12704 S. U.S 71 in Grandview, just south of the new Truman’s Marketplace now under development on the Truman Corners site.
The restaurant serves such items as St. Louis style ribs, smoked turkey, ham or brisket sandwiches, beef sliders, smoked baked beans, smoked green beans and breakfast items like pancakes, eggs, ham, and omelets.
“When I fed people, it is just the enjoyment I get and their smiles,” Larry Livingston said of his longtime passion for cooking.
The restaurant also has a stage for live blues music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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