WICHITA John "Jetman" Thien wants to sell his Jet Bar-B-Q after 32 years in business.
Thien turns 65 next year and has a project in mind.
"I want to write the history of barbecue in Kansas."
In fact, he already has the opening line for the book.
"In the beginning there was Adam. That's right, Adam's Rib."
Thien wants to tell the story of Adam's and Rudy's and R&S Barbecue, among others. Of course, Jet Bar-B-Q is a big part of that story. Thien likes to say he was the first white person to sell barbecue in Wichita.
The restaurant has been in the 1928 old firehouse No. 8 building at 1100 E. Third St. for 16 years. Thien leases the 4,500-square-foot space, which has a drive-through down the middle of the firehouse.
These days, Thien operates the business for lunch only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. He calls that making his candy and cigarette money.
He also caters and is known for the 1959 fire truck, which he calls a trolley, that he takes to events (available for parties, weddings and "corporate kumbaya") and gives tours in around the city.
Thien hopes someone can take the business to the next level, which he thinks would be using the building for event space.
"The fire station would make an excellent banquet facility," he says.