After three years of running a food truck across the Dallas area, husband and wife duo Kelvin and Pat Sutton are opening this first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Plano. PK’s Smokehouse and Soul Food debuts today at 909 West Spring Creek Parkway in the spot formerly occupied by Tony’s Café. The restaurant will be dishing out their popular smoked meats, fall-off-the-bone ribs and scratch-made sauce Wednesdays through Sundays. It will also feature a selection of sides and desserts including potato salad, peach cobbler and vanilla pudding.
On Sundays, PK’s will host Soul Food Sundays featuring a whole line of soul food. It will include items like collard greens, cabbage, candy yams, cornbread and hot cornbread (a Louisiana staple where the cornbread is fried instead of baked). There will also be rotating items like chicken and dressing, oxtails, neck bones, fried chicken, smothered pork chops and more.
For those who are especially hungry, the “Infamous WandaJoe” may be the best remedy. It’s a baked potato capped with five meats and all the toppings, weighing in at a whopping five pounds. The item is actually a tribute to a dear aunt and uncle who passed away within three months of each other. Pat says they were instrumental to their success.
“They were the ones who always encouraged us in any endeavor we did,” she says.
Opening a restaurant has always been a dream for the Suttons. For 12 years they ran a successful catering business, leading to the food truck. When COVID-19 hit, they gained a following setting serving food at corporate events and apartment complexes where people were working from home.
Pat says that the spice blend developed by Kelvin is what sets their barbecue apart. She is originally from Louisiana where her mother was a cook for three decades and her father was a pitmaster. Kelvin hails from California where his dad was also a pitmaster. Those roots have instilled a passion for cooking in both of them.
“We really cook with love and we believe that makes a difference for us,” Pat says.