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Summit Hickory Pit BBQ Celebrates 20 Years Of...
Summit Hickory Pit BBQ Celebrates 20 Years Of Business
October 16, 2012
By Jessica Root
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
Mike and Katy Birchfield value family. 20 years ago, they made a decision to open a barbeque joint in Lee’s Summit. They had previously worked together at Smokestack BBQ in Martin City.
The Birchfields had high hopes of a downtown Lee’s Summit location, but they ended up in another building they loved on Rice Road (the outer road on 291 Highway).
After five years of business, the Birchfields decided to relocate to 1012 SE Blue Parkway, building their establishment from the ground up just the way they wanted it. Today, that is where Summit Hickory Pit BBQ still stands.
“We put 100 percent into our restaurant,” Katy said. “20 years doesn’t seem like that long ago.”
Hickory Pit cooks all of their meat in the old fashioned pit with hickory wood, which is how the name was derived.
A contagious family friendly aura is part of the charm of Hickory Pit. The Birchfields treat their employees and customers the same way they would treat their own family. They also cater to the tastes of both men and women.
“I originally wanted a breakfast place with antiques. People always wanted to buy our decorations off the wall so I started pricing them and the retail part of Hickory Pit took off from there,” Katy said.
The Summit Hickory Pit Trading Post has been in business for two years. It spans across the foyer as well as several corners throughout the restaurant. Five tables have been removed to accommodate the retail items that are added and arranged every day.
To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Hickory Pit is hosting a rib-eating contest called Battle of the Bones on October 17 at 6:30 p.m.
There is a $20 entry fee and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club.
Prizes will be handed out for first, second and third place. Participants will receive t-shirts, which will also be available for purchase to the public.
In addition to the Battle of the Bones, complimentary appetizers, desserts and prizes will be handed out on October 19 while supplies last.
Hickory Pit is also in the midst of developing a gluten free menu. Over the years, the Birchfields have kept the same barbeque – the most popular items being the Ribs and Burnt Ends Dinner and baked beans but they have also added non-barbeque items.
“We have survived the hardships with the economy and we are happy in this area,” Katy said. “It’s nice to see a family owned business in an era of chain restaurants.”
The Birchfields thank the public for the opportunity to be in a successful business. Regular customers have been eating at Hickory Pit for the last 20 years, and the Birchfields hope to be in business for many more years.
For more information about Hickory Pit, including online menus, visit www.thesummithickorypitbbq.com
Call 816-246-4434 to make reservations for a large group or to place a carry out or catering order.
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