All Things Barbecue to expand in Delano

WICHITA — All Things Barbecue is expanding in Delano — again.

“The heart of what we’re doing is moving into 818 W. Douglas,” says owner Don Cary. “Kind of the big deal is it’s going to give us more room for retail.”

He and his wife, Kathy, opened the business in 1,700 square feet at 615 W. Douglas, west of the Delano clock tower, in July 2009 and then doubled their space in 2010 by taking another 1,700 square feet at 617 W. Douglas. They also have another building at 121 N. Oak for a teaching kitchen.

Their new space will open in July with 4,500 square feet for a showroom, 1,600 square feet for a classroom and 2,200 square feet for a patio.

“This is phase one,” Don Cary says of plans.

The next phase, which will come later this summer, is an addition of more property adjacent to the new space.

“We’re really, really moving into doing outdoor kitchen spaces,” Don Cary says. “One of the things that we desperately need to do that well is a dedicated showroom.”

He says he’ll share more news on that as the time gets closer.

For now, the Carys are concentrating on the move to 818 W. Douglas.

“It’ll facilitate several things,” Don Cary says.

That includes demonstrating the store’s grills, holding events and offering classes.

At his current space, Cary says he’s disappointed in his patio options.

“I have an uncool patio space,” he says. “I have a parking lot.”

Classes are a big deal for the store.

“We’ve developed a nice little classroom here,” Cary says. “We’ve developed that over time … into a business we understand now.”

He says the new retail and class space will be a step up from where All Things Barbecue currently is.

“This new thing will have a lot of polish by comparison,” Cary says. “This is going to be a very cool space.”