- Madeline Hancock
Oklahoma Joes Bar-B-Que isnt any more. Well, at least it isnt in Kansas. We smell a long-simmering beef.
Oklahoma Joes Bar-B-Que locations in Kansas have changed eatery names to Joes Kansas City Bar-B-Que. The Kansas chain was co-founded by Jeff Stehney and wife Joy in 1996. However, the Stehneys opened the first Oklahoma Joes location in Stillwater with partner Joe Don Davidson in 1995.
The two long ago parted ways, but not names. Until now.
Its not a knock on Oklahoma or the Oklahoma name, Jeff Stehney told The Kansas City Star. We are super proud of our Oklahoma beginnings.
OK. Davidsons still going strong, especially in the Tulsa area, where hes hoping to grow his franchise.
Im actually surprised it took him this long to do it, Davidson told The Tulsa World.
Both Tulsa-area locations opened in 2011. Maybe that influenced Stehneys decision.
Weve been friends and always will be, Davidson told the World. Hes done a great job of building the Oklahoma Joes Bar-B-Que brand.
You bet he has.