MO' of Mike Hickman's BBQ
Mike Hickman began selling BBQ specialties out of his tire shop, Hickman Auto and Tire, about a year ago. He saw such success that he knew he had to do something more with his food, so he bought a food truck and started selling all of his creations on the northwest side of Springfield in mid-2020. Everything Hickman serves is homemade—from the meats he smokes himself to the bleu cheese, ranch dressings and biscuits served with it. So, it’s not really surprising that he found himself selling out of food more quickly than he’d have liked. Then, when the Missouri winter came, he started losing customers: People don’t want to wait in outdoor lines, or eat outside, in the cold. So, in late December Hickman signed a lease on a brick and mortar space not far from where his food truck was previously located. Within the next few weeks, Hickman hopes to open up the new Missouri Mike’s BBQ & More at 2833 W. Chestnut Expressway. He says he wants the space to be “your spot,” a.k.a. a place where everyone can enjoy good food and good company.