Larry and Sandra Volf aren’t just serving up quality food at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Westminster, the couple is also serving up a taste of small-town hospitality.
Both grew up in small towns in Nebraska and are now extending their way of life to their customers.
“What sets us apart from other barbecue places is the atmosphere. We offer a different experience, one where people can enjoy the friendliness of a small town,” Larry said. “We want to get to know our customers by name and be a place where people can come and visit with one another.”
Larry and Sandra have always had a love for barbecue, and had plans to open their own restaurant. But after friends took them to a Dickey’s in Louisville, the couple was hooked.
“We had lunch there, and I ended up liking their barbecue better than mine, so here we are,” Larry said. “Why try to re-invent the wheel. They do a good job.”
Larry and Sandra opened Dickey’s, at 8715 Sheridan Blvd., last November. They spent six months gutting and remodeling the building, really making the restaurant their own. Sandra said, although it was a lot of work, it feels good knowing the work done was their own.
Now the couple is serving up Texas-style barbecue, and savory sides like macaroni and cheese, baked potato casserole and coleslaw.
“The pulled pork and the brisket is by far the most popular items on the menu,” Sandra said. “And the coleslaw is the best I have ever had, I eat it every single day.”
Keeping with their small-town roots, Sandra and Larry had also made a point to be part of the community by participating in fundraisers and offering up their services to nonprofit organizations.
Larry said he plans on donating every Monday’s sales to local causes.
“We feel it’s really important to get involved in the community,” Larry said. “We can’t donate to every cause, but we have a facility we can offer to people, we have equipment and we know how to make barbecue. So we can host fundraisers and other events.”
Larry and Sandra also offer free meals to children on Sundays as well as daily specials at a cheaper price. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week. For more information visit www.dickeys.com.