Dickey's Barbecue Pit to open in Newton
05/27/2014 10:28 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Newton entrepreneurs Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening another new business.
"We like to stay busy, I guess," Shawn Stobbe says.
The Stobbes run three family stores – Kitchen Corner and Main Street Co. in Newton and Redbird Boutique in Wichita – and Madeline Stobbe also teaches yoga and has competitive dance teams.
Now, they're opening Dickey's Barbecue Pit at 214 E. 12th St. in Newton.
Dickey's is a Dallas-based chain.
Stobbe credits his late father-in-law with inspiring him to own a franchise.
"He always told me, 'If I could do it all again, I would just franchise.'"
So for about a half a year, the Stobbes studied all kinds of franchises.
"Dickey's just kept coming up on the top of my list," Shawn Stobbe says.
He says he's "passionate" about food in general and barbecue in particular. Stobbe says he likes the philosophy behind Dickey's as well.
"They're not just there to be a restaurant," he says. "They're there to be a part of communities and add heart to communities."
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