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Meet the Grand Marshals - The Kansas City Royal

barbeculooza Ollie Gates

Ollie W. Gates is the President of Gates Bar-B-Q – more familiar to Kansas City barbecue aficionados as just "Gates BBQ." Gates BBQ opened as Ol’ Kentucky Bar-BQ in 1946 at 19th and Vine. It grew into a Family Restaurant (Gates first "ground up" restaurant) and then "OG’s Complex (night club, restaurant and lounge), before settling into its current day format.

Since 1970, Ollie Gates has been major stockholder and President of the family-run organization. There are now six restaurants in the Greater Kansas City area.

A native Kansas Citian, Gates graduated in 1949 from Kansas City public schools and went on to college at Maryland State College at Princess Anne, Maryland, finishing his college education at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO. During his college years, he began his restaurant career during summers and weekend trips home.

Gates’ list of awards is equally impressive – ranging from Citizen of the Year, Executive of the Year, Distinguished Service, Spirit of Kansas City, and the Velam E. Woodson Outstanding leadership award from the NAACP. Gates has also won the Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame award and Restaurateur of the Year from the Missouri Restaurant Association.

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