While the restaurant was closed, the Frisco location remained open for dine-in and takeout services. Tim Hutchins, Hutchins BBQ pitmaster and co-owner, said during the McKinney location’s closure, the staff there worked alongside the Frisco staff, improving both sets of skills and restaurant operations.
“We give thanks every day that our customers stuck with us during the wait, some making the trek to our Frisco location to keep supporting this passion of ours,” Hutchins said. “When McKinney reopens, they’ll be pleasantly surprised to find the exact same restaurant they loved before, but with an even better team.”
In addition, when the McKinney location reopens, residents will find John Mueller—an award-winning barbecue cook and the grandson of famed pitmaster Louie Mueller—has joined the Hutchins team. Customers at both McKinney and Frisco Hutchins locations can try Mueller-crafted items, such as his sausage specials, which include a Peach Habanero Sausage, Blueberry Maple Sausage and a Hot Gut.
“Growing up in a barbecue family, I knew about Hutchins and respected their reputation in the industry,” Mueller said in a statement. “I’ve owned barbecue businesses for 30 years. I’m ready to not own anymore but keep doing what I love.”