Dining With Denise Neil

Wichita’s west-side Dickey’s barbecue restaurant is closed after Thursday fire

Restaurants Wichita lost in 2018

Beloved Wichita restaurants that closed their doors in 2018.
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The west-side Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 2768 N. Maize Road is closed after a Thursday evening fire that resulted in about $50,000 in damage.

Chief Stuart Bevis of the Wichita Fire Department said that a call came in about 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, and when crews arrived, there was smoke coming out of the roof line of the restaurant. An employee told crews that he was burning wood in the restaurant’s smoker and thought that a fire had started in the chimney, Bevis said.

The fire was contained in the smoker and the chimney, Bevis said. No one was injured.

On Friday morning, a sign was posted in the restaurant’s front door that read “Closed due to fire damage.” Inside, water pooled on the floor and some ceiling tiles were missing.

The fire comes just a couple of weeks after the closure of the east-side Dickey’s at 2244 N. Greenwich, whose contents will go on the auction block next week.

I reported earlier this week that Bud Palmer Auction would be liquidating the contents of east-side at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Both Wichita Dickey’s restaurants were purchased earlier this year by Tom Schwab.

The west-side Dickey’s opened in October 2014. The east-side store followed in 2016.

I’ll let you know what I find out about the re-opening of the west-side restaurant.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.