The old Plowboys barbecue space in Overland Park won’t sit empty for long. Buck Tui barbecue will be opening on 75th Street “soon,” owner Teddy Liberda announced via Instagram.
Plowboys barbecue announced its closure last week, joining Brookside Poultry as one of two high-profile closures at the end of the year. Owner Todd Johns told Kansas City that “staffing has been a big challenge” during the pandemic and that closing his third local spot (there’s also one in Nebraska) made sense in order to keep quality high.
Meanwhile, Buck Tui’s opening at another announced location, just south of the I-435 loop, has been long delayed by what the post described as “crazy pandemic setbacks.”
Buck Tui is a Thai-influenced barbecue spot that landed at number nine on our list of the ten best in the city back in October. As we noted at the time, the flavors are intense and wonderful, but consistency on meats was a challenge, as is understandable given they cooked at a farmers market kiosk.
“You can expect Buck Tui to soar even higher from here,” we wrote.
And now we know where they’ll take flight. (We called Teddy Liberda, who was not immediately available for comment.)
“Mainly, I’m trying to get some of the barbecue people to try Thai food, man,” Teddy told us at the time. “As a chef, it’s something my whole team is enjoying.”