Chunkie Dunkers BBQ relocating to Grainery at Apple Valley Farm
Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey
The aroma of burning hickory has left the Oskaloosa square.
For the last five years Oskaloosans have got used to the smell of barbecue smoke coming from the back of Stinky’s Bar and Grill but the air is clear now that Chunkie Dunkers BBQ has moved out of town.
The tasty barbecue hasn’t moved far though. Oskaloosans can drive about 10 miles outside of town to find Don Haynes and his famous smoker Betty at the Grainery Saloon at Apple Valley Farms.
Haynes, along with former Stinky’s employees Jamy and Amy Hickman, have reopened the Grainery with the barbecue tagging along.
The grand opening was last week with final finishing touches still being put on the place. The three have never operated their own restaurant and bar before but everything wasn’t new. Amy has worked at Stinky’s for five years and Haynes has been barbecuing for years. When asked if they had any reservations before opening, Jamy and Don looked at each other and laughed.
“We got it done in time,” Jamy said.
Jamy said the idea for the three to move out on their own has been talked about for a while and when the Grainery closed last year they saw an opportunity.
“All of us have sat around talking about a place of our own,” Jamy said. “We always liked it out here and began discussing the possibility.”
The new owners didn’t just unlock the doors and dust off the bar when they took over Jan. 1. Many changes were made including moving the bar itself. The tin roof has also been insulated in hopes of keeping the place warmer in the winter.
Although the plan is to capture lake traffic, the new owners plan on a year-round operation.
In addition to barbecue the restaurant will serve breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays and have special features like Thursday taco nights.
For those not a fan of barbecue the menu will also feature burgers and steak dinners.
The Grainery also plans on having live music at least once a month during the spring and summer and hopes to catch on with some of the poker runs in the county.
“We are very biker friendly,” Jamy said.
To reach the Grainery head west on K-92 Highway and then south on Ferguson Road about a mile and follow the signs.
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