Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque

 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. 

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26 Comments
  1. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I like how you described this, “it will always be delicious in the memories it delivers.” Fabulous Doodlewash Charlie! To me its your memories of your dad that makes it special. 💜

  2. memadtwo 2 years ago

    I’ve always wanted to go to Arthur Bryant’s. Now I have, in a way, although I’d still like to sample the wares. Nice doodlewash! N.

  3. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    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. :}

    • Author

      You KNOW how I always avoid drawing people!! Lol And it was daytime so it would have to be from memory. 😉 You totally should do that!! I would love to see your Hong Kong memories!

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        Stop egging me on…LOL! I like those people you put into this piece!

      • Author

        Haha! I love egging you on! And I honestly have no idea whether they were prostitutes or not as I didn’t ask. 😉

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        *snort*! Probably a good thing you didn’t ask! 😀

  4. kirkistan 2 years ago

    It’s also cool that this reminds you of your dad.

  5. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Great sketch and great commentary, Charlie.

  6. waynejacques 2 years ago

    Great Doodle Charlie. It reminds me when I went Arthurs years ago and loved it;

  7. weisserwatercolours 2 years ago

    ….it is a wonderful painting of a memorable occasion and place

  8. Nice work, Charlie. I’m really enjoying your posts more and more as I follow your progress. And the tour, of course. Love your text as well. Thanks for shining your light, Charlie. 💛

  9. Jodi 2 years ago

    Great doddlewash Charlie, and I love how places like this can evoke memories of our loved ones like that.

  10. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Ah, another interesting corner with rich memories! I love that you live in the same town you grew up in – all that lovely history! Wonderful doodlewash!

  11. Kari 2 years ago

    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.

    • Author

      I do both! That’s the fun part about the doodlewash tribe… the only “rule” is something that uses watercolor. Otherwise you can do whatever the heck you want! Even sketch from your imagination! I’m not very good with strict rules 😊😊hehe

  12. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Lovely sketch. Drawings that hold fond memories are always magical. Really like the figures you incorporated, so easily a part of the landscape and well done, would never know you “avoid” drawing people. ;D

    • Author

      Glad you like them, Haunani…I’m trying to avoid them less and just go for it. I was stripping them out before, but now I’m trying to out them back in scenes like these. Hehe

  13. […] City is known for barbecue and as a child we always went to Bryant’s (sketched here), but as an adult I prefer Gates. Actually, I rarely ever go because as you can see it’s not […]

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