WICHITA — Insurance salesman Randy Hare has a number of inspirations for opening his own restaurant, Sweet Willy's Hillbilly BBQ, near 47th and South Seneca.
"I got my roots from the Ozarks and from tasting the good Carolina barbecue around," Hare says.
"Plus, my wife needed a job," he says of his wife, Pam.
Hare has been the manager at City Life Cafe, where Youth for Christ kids have a chance to learn on the job, and he says he wants to offer them another place to do that.
The Hares are planning to open Sweet Willy’s at 4628 S. Seneca in about three weeks.
"It's just going to be a little 30-seater," Hare says.
He says they'll also have catering, a drive-through and a food truck.
Hare plans to smoke the restaurant's meat in front of the restaurant in view of passersby.
"If you're down at the Sonic, you're going to be able to smell my smoke."
That's part of his plan.
"You've got to have something."
Hare says he'll have smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs and a number of unusual offerings, such as traditional Poutine french fries with cheese curds in a brown gravy, inspired by Canadian partner.
Hare says he's going to keep his insurance job as well.
"Unfortunately," he says, "it's against the law for me to give somebody a steak to buy a life insurance policy."