Honky Tonk BBQ & Pub to open on South Broadway as home to Ghost Riders

WICHITA — Ghost Riders aren’t in the sky in Wichita. They’re on South Broadway — or will be soon.

Al Moore and Karen Carson, two members of Wichita’s Ghost Riders band, are opening Honky Tonk BBQ & Pub at 4553 S. Broadway on Wednesday.

Ghost Riders will play at the pub every Friday unless they’re booked elsewhere.

“This will become their home,” Carson says. “The Ghost Riders are honky-tonk.”

She says the business, which is two blocks north of 47th Street South and Broadway, isn’t a bar. Carson says there will be no hard liquor, but there will be cereal malt beverages, barbecue and music.

They’re calling it a pub, she says, “because it made our landlord happy.”

“This location had always been a bar,” Carson says. “The atmosphere will be a pub.”

Moore previously owned other restaurants, including Two Fat Chefs and the Blue Door. He’s taken a break from the industry for four years.

“He got restless, and it was time to get back into the business,” Carson says.

She’s a former nursing home administrator who was used to “bossing doctors around as a professional staff coordinator” until she retired four years ago.

Carson says the Honky Tonk will offer a variety of music.

There will be what she calls honky-tonk jams on Saturday afternoons.

Carson describes honky-tonk as a combination of blues and country with a little bit of rock ’n’ roll thrown in.

“It has a driving edge to it.”

Henry Walker will host a blues and jazz jam on Wednesdays, and Gary Powell will host an acoustic jam on Thursdays.

“Definitely, jazz and blues will have a big part here,” Carson says.

Music will start in two weeks.

“Initially, for the first couple of weeks, it’s just all about the food,” Carson says.

The business will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, it will be open for catering and parties.

Carson says businesses and others can order platters of barbecue for events.

“If they’re close enough, we might even deliver them.”

If no one needs catering or party space on those days, she says, “we’ll just enjoy three days off.”