Big-N-Small’s BBQ, a locally owned barbecue restaurant, was established in November 2009 by Justin and Lacey Clark. It is located at 1438 N. Summit St.
“We were both at dead-end jobs, and wanted a change and an opportunity for a better future for our family. (We) started praying about it. And this idea/opportunity just fell in our laps,” said Lacey Clark.
The couple, who said they try always to put God first, said they thought God was leading their lives in this direction.
They met at church when she was attending Cowley College. The pair married in 2005 and have twin 11-year-old sons, Noah and Elijah.
The name, Big-N-Small’s, is symbolic of “Justin Clark (Big) and the Clark twins (Small’s) eventually.”
They chose barbecue because “that’s what Justin is good at,” said Lacey Clark.
“Neither of us had any business or restaurant experience — just blind faith,” she said.
In their first year of business, the restaurant was open six days a week and the Clarks were working nearly 80 hours a week.
Because of the number of hours they were putting in, they rarely saw their twins.
“We have always tried to make our priorities God, family, ministry and community,” Clark said. “We decided to open three days a week so we could still raise our young family and be with our children, and still make a difference in our church and community. We believed God would provide.”
Lacey Clark said the long-term goal for the restaurant to “be successful and hopefully have a profitable company to hand down to our children one day.”
The Clarks work to help the less fortunate in the community, as well.
“We pay forward by giving out several donations and free gift cards to all of our local fundraising groups, including the schools, churches, youth groups, sports activities and Relay for Life. We also do a free Christmas dinner, completely free to our community every year, serving hundreds of people,” she said.
The largest Christmas dinner so far has served more than 900 people.
“We’ve also done a few outreaches in (Wilson) Park with free hamburgers and hot dogs last September, with a free Christian concert, and we’re doing one at the end of the month, again at the park, with a free concert and raffle giveaway.”
This year, the Clarks plan an event at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 to help a young man who has a debilitating disease called epidermolysis bullosa (“the butterfly disease”).
“We are having a barbecue/fun American Bully dog show with Christian rap music and are raffling off an American Bully pup,” she said.
The proceeds from the event will help the young man to make his dream of going to Universal Studios come true, as well as assist with his medical needs.
For more information, call (620) 307-6650. Big-N-Small’s BBQ is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.