WICHITA — A new barbecue restaurant is opening in the former Backstage Bar and Grill space next to the Loony Bin on East 21st Street near Woodlawn.
Derrick Payne, who has been catering for some time, is opening Payne's Smokehouse BBQ.
Payne says as he cooked for others, he kept hearing things like, "Hey, maybe you should open up a restaurant."
Payne's will seat about 70 and feature a range of barbecued meat, some fish, traditional side dishes and some nontraditional ones, such as spaghetti salad, veggie slaw and cornbread salad.
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Payne says his meat dishes will be known for their smoky flavors.
"It can be as spicy as you want it with a little bit of sweet to it," he says.