Dave Dunn to open Billy Sims Barbecue

WICHITA — Dave Dunn, who used to own Emerson Biggin’s, is bringing a new restaurant concept to Wichita.

Dunn already owns a Billy Sims Barbecue in Oklahoma City, and in September he’s opening one at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Andover.

Sims was a Heisman winner at the University of Oklahoma who went on to play for the Detroit Lions. Dunn says he’s one of his heroes.

“Just remember watching him,” Dunn says. “Would never dream I would be in business with him. We see him a lot, really. He’s very hands-on with franchisees.”

Dunn’s Oklahoma City restaurant was the 18th for the Tulsa-based chain, which now has more than 40 restaurants.

“They’re growing fast,” he says.

Dunn says there aren’t enough rooftops near his Oklahoma City restaurant.

“I do think Wichita will be better.”

The 2,200-square-foot space will have room for about 50 seats. Dunn says he’s still working on plans.

The quick-casual concept is similar to Chipotle in that customers will walk through a line and choose their meats and sides and then pay at the last stop.

Dunn says there’s a possibility he’ll have beer on the menu.

Sims will be in Wichita for the grand opening, Dunn says.

He says Sims is an “average, ordinary guy. You would never believe all that he’s accomplished.”