By Lea Sander
WARSAW — Married couple Scott and Shawn Smith’s food was popular at the events.
“We have a lot of family gatherings and parties. We always did barbecues for everyone and they said, “You really have to get this out and sell it. It’s amazing,” Scott said. “We come from a food background. I have been in the restaurant business for a long time and so has my husband. And we both said, you know that’s something we’re passionate about.
“So we brought home-cooked meals with passion to the public,” Scott said.
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce held the grand opening of its business, Crooked Barn Smoked BBQ, 853 N. Lake St., Warsaw on Friday, May 13.
Crooked Barn opened on Saturday May 7, with its grand opening being Friday.
Scott detailed everything on the menu.
“We have the backyard beef brisket. It comes in the form of a sandwich or dinner,” he said. “We have our sautéed and pulled pork, which also comes as a sandwich or dinner. And then we have our savory filet mignon, which can be made as a sandwich, as a dinner or as a filet mignon salad.
There are also hot dogs for the kids as well as macaroni and cheese, garlic roast potatoes, homemade coleslaw, kettle chips and nachos loaded with brisket or pork. .
For now, the Smiths are selling a food truck parked there, but there are plans to eventually move to the red barn behind the truck.
The two want to take the truck to various festivals and events.
People can get food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers can either stop by to order or order online on mobile at www.crookedbarnbbq.com.
Shawn comes to the company after serving as the manager of a Pizza Hut. Scott worked in catering for Norwegian Cruise Line for several years and also served as general manager of Hunters Hideaway restaurant in Nappanee.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 14,” Scott added.
He explained the name of the company.
“We wanted to go with an agricultural theme because we come from an agricultural background and (the area is) an agricultural community of course,” Scott said.
He said he and Shawn wanted to offer convenience to customers through Crooked Barn, among other things.
“We hope to provide everyone with affordable prices on high-quality homemade barbecue, making it easier (to get food) with online ordering and the express window,” he said. “We want to be able to offer it seven days a week to the public rather than a few days a week, that way you have options every day. And lunch was important to us to be able to serve all the people in that neighborhood on that side of town who would normally have to go to other places for lunch.
He said there are plans to invite bands to perform there.
It will “give people a place to come and eat and hang out,” Scott said.