The Kansas City Chiefs have a fan base statewide, with the greatest support in major cities that have their own football teams. Josh Bowen, owner of John Brown BBQ, prides himself on his restaurant serving delicious Kansas City-style BBQ serving a little Midwest to New Yorkers.
Chiefs Wire’s Ed Easton Jr. recently spoke to Bowen, who shared his reaction to the celebration at the restaurant after the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV and the impact on his business weeks following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Yeah, I mean it was crazy. It’s already the best pack ever,” Bowen said. “We were a long way from fire safety. And the craziest thing was – the experience with us is that we have a back patio area with a TV – maybe half the people were back there. And I don’t know what happened, like the splitter overheated or something. But the TV came on again, which is as good as the only TV, so everyone inside crowded into the already insanely crowded house. And then Damien Williams scored that touchdown with about 30 seconds left and from that point it was all chaos, which was awful. So good timing. I expect something else.
John Brown BBQ is known for its Kansas City BBQ style dishes with its slogan “The Official Kansas City Chiefs Bar in New York City”. Alumni such as Tony Richardson and Dante Hall have visited us to watch games alongside the loyal Chiefs fan base.
The 2019 Super Bowl winning run brought in a significant number of customers prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing significant support for the restaurant’s future.
“(The Chiefs) also saved my business in New York City,” Bowen said, “We had two restaurants back then and basically the Super Bowl, racing there was like the busiest day ever.” And it happened two weeks ago , when everything went to hell. For example we sent our employees home with their full pay and stuff like that, a little extra for those who couldn’t get their full pay or didn’t have a safety net as we might say. So yeah, basically (Patrick Mahomes) sort of left us – he saved us. Because I know other people – they just didn’t speak to their employees for six months and tried to pay them nickel after nickel because no one thought they were going to close and stop making money. Will give
The steady stream of Chiefs fans who found a home at John Brown BBQ during this magical postseason run helped keep the business going during uncertain times. To this day, Bowen credits Mahomes and the Chiefs with saving his business.
“But yeah, man, Patrick Mahomes saved my restaurant,” Bowen said.
John Brown BBQ is located at 27-20 40th Ave, Queens, NY (Long Island City) for many members of the Chief’s Kingdom who live in New York City.
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