DUNCAN – The smoker is back at the Game Day BBQ in Duncan, with a new owner in charge.
“We’re keeping it Game Day BBQ, but we’re giving it our own spin with the same small-town feel, just new, bold flavors,” said new owner Ryan Muller.
A opening day celebration and ribbon cutting event will be held at the restaurant on April 9.
After the previous owner – Bruce Clark, also known as Coach Clark – passed away in December 2021, the restaurant was closed. Muller took ownership the following month.
He said he wants to continue Clark’s legacy and honor him by offering fresh, quality barbecue.
Muller used to work for Sysco, the supplier the previous owner bought from. He heard from a friend that the restaurant was going to be sold and decided to take the opportunity to keep it going.
Muller has 20 years of culinary experience. He opened a restaurant in Vermont and worked in restaurants in Connecticut and California.
“We’re doing a five-course barbecue dinner, using smoke as an ingredient rather than a cooking technique, and really showing what our talents are,” he said.
The restaurant has added milkshakes and more gourmet sandwiches, tweaked some of the legacy recipes, and plans to add beer and wine options in the future. Muller said he also plans to continue catering.
The Game Day BBQ menu has a sports theme. Appetizers are called entrees, desserts are called overtime, side dishes are called sideline favorites, and drinks are called waterboy service.
“Almost everything is homemade,” says Rik Manser, head chef at Game Day. “We’re really just trying to do everything right.”
Manser said the restaurant has a sandwich-eating challenge in the Hall of Fame. Anyone who eats a huge dinner sandwich within 30 minutes gets a t-shirt and their picture hung up in the restaurant.
Game Day BBQ is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30am to 7:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:30am to 8:00pm