MARSHALL - Dr. Anthony Nwakama is an orthopedic surgeon with a side of restaurant owner.
Nwakama owns Southwest Orthopedic and Sports Medicine located on Nwakama Street and owns the land around it, which is on the east end of Marshall near Runnings. He decided his new clinic needed some neighbors, so he is in the process of building a restaurant nearby on Clarice Avenue.
After doing some research, Nwakama decided Dickey's Barbecue Pit would be a good fit for Marshall.
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a new restaurant going up in Marshall, will be up and running later this year. Local orthopedic surgeon Anthony Nwakama is having the place built, which will also include miniature golf and an arcade.
"I looked at a lot of franchises and saw that Marshall didn't have a barbecue restaurant," Nwakama said. "I thought it would fit well with the area and the corporate office was easy to work with and that it was something we could do."
Corporate offices for the barbecue chain are in Dallas, Texas, and that's where Nwakama went for three weeks of training to learn how to offer the type of service people expect and make the food using Dickey's recipes.
"They make it a special way and it's very, very good," he said. "Dickey's has been in business since 1941 and it's one of the biggest franchises around. I'm learning how to give the best care to customers so they will keep coming back."
Dickey's is famous for its smoked meats including brisket and sausage and offers items such as creamy coleslaw, fried okra and potato salad as side dishes. In addition, diners can try the stuffed baked potatoes and chicken Caesar salad along with desserts such as pecan pie.
He has already hired his management staff and will be hiring other staff "fairly soon," he said.
Nwakama said it's been a good winter for erecting a building, "so it's been moving along nicely, so hopefully this summer we'll be done. We don't have an exact date yet. We have to put the sidewalks and driveway in this spring."
Nwakama figures the building will be about 2,500 to 2,600 square feet. In the back of the restaurant will be an arcade with between 10-15 games.
"I'm talking to a game company in Minneapolis, seeing what are the most popular games," he said.
In the backyard will be miniature golf.
"The first nine holes are handicapped accessible," he said.
Nwakama said he is adding recreational activities to his restaurant because, as the father of a large family, he knows young people need things to do.