Gates Bar-B-Q

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Gates Bar-B-Q at Cleaver II & Paseo on Brush Creek

Gates Bar-B-Q is one of two Kansas City, Missouri restaurants (along with Arthur Bryant's) that trace their roots back to Henry Perry, founder of Kansas City barbecue.


Gates Bar-B-Q is a Kansas City original family restaurant that started in 1946. It has grown from a single store front at 19th & Vine to a family of six up-to-date restaurants throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. This neighborhood saw the rise of the famous Henry Perry restaurant as well as the 18th & Vine Jazz District. Gates was founded by George and Arzelia Gates, their three children (Winnifred, Gwendolyn, and Ollie), and the cook, Arthur Pinkard, who had been a cook for Perry.


There are six Gates Bar-B-Q restaurants throughout the Kansas City area. They are easily marked by their unique red roof design and sauce bottles with the "man in full tuxedo top hat". The restaurant says its staff is trained at Gates College of Bar-B-Que Knowledge, better known as Rib Tech. The Gates Bar-B-Q headquarters are located at 4621 Paseo.

Since 1983, Gates has attempted distribution of their famous sauce across the country. In markets close to Kansas City, Gates' sauces maintain a substantial market share, but the distribution area has been severely limited due to high transportation costs. A number of determined former Kansas Citians around the country have had some limited success in persuading their local Walmart Supercenters to carry Gates Bar-B-Q Sauce, citing its availability in Kansas City area Walmart locations.


  • 1325 East Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard - Kansas City, MO
  • 1221 Brooklyn - Kansas City, MO
  • 3205 Main - Kansas City, MO
  • 10440 East 40 Highway - Independence, MO (Destroyed in fire in 2015, reopened January 25th, 2017 ) [1]
  • 1026 State Ave - Kansas City, KS
  • 103rd & State Line - Leawood, KS

In popular culture[edit]

Gate's Bar-B-Q is featured prominently in the lyrics and video of rapper Tech N9ne's song "O.G." The title and cover of the 2010 album the song is featured on, The Gates Mixed Plate, make further references to the restaurant. Tech N9ne has also referred to Ollie Gates in numerous songs over his career.

Gates and Sons is referenced in lyrics for Sir Mix-a-Lot's song "A Rapper's Reputation" from the 1992 album Mack Daddy.

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