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Meet the Grand Marshals - The Kansas City Royal
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