Arthur Bryant's Barbeque -  Doodlewash 
Did a quick doodlewash in my little Moleskine today to show you one of the places my parents used to take me when I was a kid. Kansas City is well-known for its BBQ and Arthur Bryant’s was one of the first restaurants serving the sauce and has been a tourist attraction for years. 

It was founded in the early 1920’s, by Charlie Bryant, Arthur’s older brother. When Charlie died, Arthur took over and moved the BBQ restaurant to 18th and Brooklyn where it still exists today.

The meat is amazing, but it’s not my favorite BBQ sauce in town. Many visiting presidents and celebrities have shown up there over the years and their photos are proudly displayed inside. It feels like it’s barely changed and for that, it’s a fun trip back to the past. 

When I was younger, the neighborhood was pretty sketchy and we usually went at night when it wasn’t uncommon to see prostitutes on the corner while waiting at a light. Things have changed quite a bit since then and the area has been spruced up.

Thinking of these visits always reminds me of my father who passed away several years ago, so it has a lot of sentimental value. Not sure how it tastes to people just passing through, but for me it will always be delicious in the memories it delivers. 

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

26 replies on “Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque

  1. Beautiful perspective on this lovely piece! You know what it’s missing? Prostitutes on the corner. 😀 Hah!

    Isn’t it bittersweet to visit places of one’s childhood? I should pull up some old photos of my Hong Kong days and draw them…maybe when I have time one day. :}

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  2. Another great piece! Do you sketch live or do you work from a photo? I would love to be a part of urban sketchers group but I’m afraid I’m too slow.. And as I mentioned before, I enjoy reading about the places you draw.

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