In an effort to nearly double its space and centralize corporate and technical operations closer to its four Kansas City-area restaurants, Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue is moving its corporate headquarters from Martin City, Mo., to Overland Park, Kan., in early November.
While the move to 95 Metcalf Square will afford Jack Stack additional room for expansion, company president Case Dorman said its previous 3,000-square-foot headquarters in Martin City had served the company well, and that the family is proud to continue its presence there with its restaurant as it has since 1974.
“We have had our offices in South Kansas City next to our original location since it opened in 1974,” Dorman said. “Although we will certainly remain committed to our restaurant and catering operation in Martin City, having our office in Overland Park will enable us to be more centrally located to all our businesses so that we can better serve the needs of the company as a whole.”
Though the move to Overland Park will directly affect only 13 management and administrative employees, it helps put key employees in Jack Stack’s corporate headquarters closer and more centralized to all the restaurants. Those include locations at the adjacent 95th and Metcalf area in Overland Park, in Kansas City’s Freight House District, and on the Country Club Plaza, as well as the company’s nationwide shipping division located in the Hunt Midwest Subtropolis near Worlds of Fun.
The move of its corporate headquarters to Overland Park was a natural progression for the locally-owned family company as it looks to build on its successes from the past several years.
“Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue has a long, proud history in the Kansas City metro area, and I’m excited that the company has chosen Overland Park as its new home,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “I look forward to the continued growth and success of the company moving forward.”
About Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue was originally a part of the Fiorella family-owned chain of Smoke Stack Barbecue restaurants founded by family patriarch Russ Fiorella in 1957. In 1974, Russ’ eldest son Jack, with his wife Delores, opened Smoke Stack Barbecue of Martin City.
In the mid-1990s, Jack and Delores Fiorella opened their second restaurant location by expanding into Overland Park. They changed the restaurants’ names to Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue to set themselves apart from the family chain of Smoke Stack Barbecue restaurants. They also opened a full-service catering operation in Martin City, along with private dining facilities in both Martin City and in their third restaurant location in the historic Freight House District near Union Station. In October 2006, they opened a fourth restaurant on The Country Club Plaza.
In an effort to expand their Kansas City-style barbecue beyond the borders of Kansas City, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue began shipping their barbecue nationwide in 2000. They have been featured on The Food Network and The History Channel’s Modern Marvels. The Jack Stack shipping division is located in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground office complex. Fiorella's Jack Stack has also been rated as some of the best barbecue in the United States by several national organizations and magazines. Most notably, the Zagat Survey named it the “The Highest Rated BBQ in the Country” and “The Most Popular Restaurant in Kansas City” in 2011.
Now under the leadership of Jack Fiorella’s son-in-law Case Dorman, Jack Stack Barbecue employs approximately 125 people in Overland Park, Kansas and 425 in Kansas City, Mo.
Fiorella’s may qualify for Kansas incentives through Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK), High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP), Kansas Industrial Training (KIT) funds and other economic development programs designed to grow the state's economy and create jobs.