Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open in Newton

WICHITA — Newton entrepreneurs Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening another new business.

“We like to stay busy, I guess,” Shawn Stobbe says.

The Stobbes run three family stores – Kitchen Corner and Main Street Co. in Newton and Redbird Boutique in Wichita – and Madeline Stobbe also teaches yoga and has competitive dance teams.

Now, they’re opening Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 214 E. 12th St. in Newton.

Dickey’s is a Dallas-based chain.

Stobbe credits his late father-in-law with inspiring him to own a franchise.

“He always told me, ‘If I could do it all again, I would just franchise.’”

So for about a half a year, the Stobbes studied all kinds of franchises.

“Dickey’s just kept coming up on the top of my list,” Shawn Stobbe says.

He says he’s “passionate” about food in general and barbecue in particular. Stobbe says he likes the philosophy behind Dickey’s as well.

“They’re not just there to be a restaurant,” he says. “They’re there to be a part of communities and add heart to communities.”

Stobbe says that fits well with his own philosophy.

“I’ve always known I wanted to bring some sort of business to Newton that could really help out the community.”

The Newton Dickey’s, which opens Thursday, is 2,400 square feet and will hold 110. The Stobbes plan to eventually add a patio as well.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays.

Stobbe says he’ll focus more on the restaurant while his wife tends to the family’s other businesses.

“I guess she’s going to hover from place to place,” he says.

Stobbe says he’ll help out at the other businesses as he can.

“We’re just going to try to get it all done.”

And if it all proves too much?

“I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”