Dining With Denise Neil

Tis the season for 'cue

I’ve always had a soft spot for men who decide they need to open their own barbecue restaurants — a desire that afflicts pretty much any man who’s ever been praised for his smoker skills.

Most of the barbecue restaurants in Wichita are owned by such pulled pork dreamers, and in past weeks, we’ve learned of two more that are on their way.

Chuck Miller, the new owner of the downtown Emerson Biggin’s, which includes Rock Island Live behind it, will begin serving Rock Island BBQ out of the space. He plans to start with a lunch buffet, served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an if it goes well, he might add an evening menu. He should be ready to go in early September.

Meanwhile, my colleague Ronnie Choy, a very nice guy and a BBQ connoisseur, plans to open a new ‘cue restaurant called When Pigs Fly along with his wife, son and daughter-in-law. The family has a spot at Central and Ridge, and they plan to be open by late September/ early October.