Barbecue runs through the heart of Danny Edwards. His father opened the family’s first barbecue joint, Jake’s Barbecue, during the first depression and moved it to Kansas city in 1938 where he ran it until 1981. During that time, Lil’ Jake (a nickname Danny picked up while working as a youngster at his father’s restaurant), first gained his appreciation for slow cooked meats and friendly conversation. In 1980, Danny took the family’s recipes and opened up Lil’ Jakes at 1018 Baltimore. Then in 1984 he moved to 1227 Grand Blvd. There, the cozy 18-seat location with a pink concrete pig mascot, greeting you as you arrived, became something of a lunch legend, as did the restaurants slogan, “eat it and beat it,” adopted to remind folks that there was a long line behind ya waiting for their share of Danny’s barbecue.