The Kansas City Chiefs have a fan base across the country with supporters in most of the biggest cities having their own football teams. John Brown BBQ owner Josh Bowen prides himself on his delicious Kansas City-style BBQ that serves up a bit of the Midwest for New York City people.
Ed Easton Jr. Chiefs Wire recently chatted with Bowen, who shared his reaction to the celebration at the restaurant after the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV and the effects it had on his work weeks after. at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Yeah, I mean, it was crazy. “We went far, far beyond the fire code,” says Bowen. And the craziest thing is – our onsite experience was that we had a backyard area with a TV – maybe half the people went back there. And I don’t know what happened, such as the splitter overheating or something. But the TV was turned off in the back, like the only TV, so everyone crowded into an already packed house inside. And then Damien Williams scores that touchdown maybe about 30 seconds later and it’s all been chaos from that point on, which is amazing. So good times. I hope for a few more.
John Brown BBQ is famous for its tagline, “The Official Kansas City Bar in New York City,” to accompany Kansas City BBQ-style meals. Former players like Tony Richardson and Dante Hall have come to watch games with the Chiefs’ loyal fan base.
The Super Bowl Championship in 2019 brought in a significant number of customers before the COVID-19 pandemic began, providing much-needed help for the restaurant’s future.
“(The Chiefs) also saved my business in New York City,” Bowen said. “At the time, we had two restaurants and basically the Super Bowl, operating there like the busiest days we’ve ever had. And that happened two weeks before everything went to hell. Just like we sent our employees home at what their full wages were and the like, even paying a little more for those who are underpaid or don’t have a safety net. as we can call it. So yeah, basically (Patrick Mahomes) left us like – he saved us. Because I know other people – they haven’t talked to their employees in six months and are trying to pay them every penny because no one thinks they’re going to be shut down and stop making money.
A consistent Chiefs fanbase found a home at John Brown BBQ during that magical post-season run that helped keep the business afloat during uncertain times. To this day, Bowen still credits Mahomes and the Chiefs for saving his business.
“But yeah, man, Patrick Mahomes saved my restaurant,” Bowen said.
You can listen to our full interview with Bowen on the latest episode of The Chiefs Wire Podcast.
John Brown BBQ is located at 27-20 40th Ave, Queens, NY (Long Island City), for many members of the Chiefs Kingdom residing in New York City.