Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ begins hiring, nears opening

By Jodi Schwan

Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ has started hiring and plans to open in the coming month.

The restaurant will occupy a long-vacant space on Louise Avenue south of 69th Street that originally was planned as a Quaker Steak & Lube.

Construction is going well, owner Joe Cody said.

“Signs are going up Monday morning, and the most important part – the smokers – are installed and ready to fire up,” he said. “Equipment is coming in pretty soon, so we’re getting there.”

A hiring trailer has been parked in the parking lot. The goal is to hire 75 to 80 employees.

“This is typically the hardest time of the year to hire, in July, but we’ve gotten a fairly good response so far,” Cody said. “We’ll see how it goes but think we’re doing OK so far.”

Available positions include cooks, dishwashers, food runners, bartenders and bussers. Applicants can stop by the trailer to interview between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The hope is to open the restaurant in early August. It will seat 300 in a fast-casual style, where guests will order at the counter and have food brought to them with no need to tip.

The menu is a Kansas City-style barbecue concept with meats smoked on site, a dry rub and five sauce options.

The menu will include St. Louis-style ribs, beef brisket, chicken, shredded pork and turkey. Sides will include jalapeno creamed corn, potato casserole, French fries, coleslaw and baked beans.

A worker installs the first sign for Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ.

Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ begins hiring, nears opening

Cody’s Smokehouse BBQ has started hiring and plans to open in the coming month.

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