Shad Kirton, Chef and Co-owner of Smokey D's BBQ in Des Moines, is no stranger to barbecue awards. He and his barbecue team, A Boy and His BBQ, won the $100,000 BBQ Pitmasters grand prize in 2010—one of the hundreds of awards that the team has won over the years. Kirton and his team, which includes his wife Angie, have earned a spot in the Jack Daniels BBQ World Championships in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The event will take place in October.
In other news, Clive City Councilman Michael McCoy, realtor Mick Grossman, and Simon Goheen have purchased TR's Sports Bar and Grille, located at 7500 University Avenue in Clive. The trio has renamed the establishment the University Tap. The renovated kitchen now focuses on burgers and sandwiches.
There will soon be four new Jimmy John's locations in the Metro. Franchise owner Ahmed Merchant plans to have the four new sandwich shops open by the end of the year. Merchant, who already owns fourteen Metro Jimmy John's, is working on locations at 5950 86th Street in Johnston, 9250 University Avenue in West Des Moines, 1500 NW 86th Street in Clive, and 3918 Fleur Drive in Des Moines.