Rosedale Bar-B-Q spruces up its decor, menu for anniversary

The 80-year-old Rosedale Bar-B-Q is showing off its new look and new menu items.

The restaurant at 600 Southwest Blvd. in Kansas City, Kan., temporarily shut down in late April and reopened Friday with an updated decor and menu items such as gluten-free fries and gluten-free bread options.

The owners also plan to offer grilled sandwiches and Nehi floats later this week and soon offer online ordering. Later this summer they plan to add craft beers.

“We’ve built longtime relationships by offering a very (high) quality product at a very fair price,” said Marisha Brown-Smith, vice president of the company and granddaughter of one of the founders.

Rosedale traces its roots to a neighborhood hot dog and beer stand known as the Bucket Shop that was opened on July 4, 1934, by Anthony Rieke; his wife, Alda; and his brother-in-law Anthony Sieleman. The next year they added a new barbecue business just 100 feet away.

Brown-Smith said smoke was in the family’s blood. Her husband, Bill Smith, is general manager of Rosedale and one of the pitmasters. Could the couple’s 111/2 year-old twins — son Anthony “Cole” Smith and daughter Caelan Smith — one day be fourth-generation owner-operators?

“There’s definitely some potential there,” Brown-Smith said. “They enjoy coming down and helping bus the tables and of course sampling the food, definitely fry samplers.”

Rosedale plans an 80th anniversary celebration for several days around July 4 with live music and barbecue specials.