Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que has always operated with one hard and fast rule: Never on Sundays.

Over the years, Joe’s owners Jeff and Joy Stehney never even entertained the idea, as they wanted to give their employees a night off. In turn, it became one of Kansas City’s ultimate culinary wishes.

Last week, with the coronavirus changing the way all restaurants are doing business right now, the couple decided to make an exception to that rule. Now, all three Joe’s locations offer curbside pickup seven days a week, including Sundays, from 11am to 8pm. All locations will, however, be closed on Easter Sunday (April 12) to give employees time with their families.

The last time the original gas station location opened on a Sunday was Oct. 21, 2018, when Food Network was in town to shoot an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate featuring one of Joe’s famous sandwiches. Sunday was the only day the crew was available to shoot due to a tight schedule, so Joe’s opened its doors and invited fans to come to the original gas station location, teasing that it might be another 22 years before it happened again.

Thankfully, Kansas City didn’t have to wait that long. Now, all three locations offer both the regular restaurant menu including the famous Z-Man, pulled pork sandwich and platters as well as a new curbside specials menu that can be picked up hot or cold ready to feed a family of four, six or 10.

To place an order for curbside carryout, call the location of your choice. A staff member will take your order and payment over the phone and give you a pickup time. Once you have arrived to pick up your order, simply pull up to the curbside service station, a large folding table with a couple of chairs, and give the attendant your name. They’ll grab your order and bring it to you in your car.

In order to ensure continued safety for both guests and employees, Joe’s has also implemented a unique ozone sanitation process in all of its restaurants. The cleaning process happens overnight, each night, and kills 99.9 percent of surface-borne bacteria by gas flushing the entire operation with ozone gas. The technology is something Joe's has been using at its USDA-inspected kitchen for years with a high success rate; by performing it at each restaurant nightly, they believe it will add a layer of protection going forward.

“We are unequivocally committed to a safe environment for our staff and guests and will continue to research new processes and practices as we continue operations,” the owners said in a statement on the Joe's website.

This is good news for fans who are committed to enjoying barbecue from Joe’s – especially on Sundays.

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, joeskc.com

Original Gas Station: 3002 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, 913.722.3366

Olathe: 11950 South Strang Line Road, Olathe, Kansas, 913.782.6858

Leawood: 11723 Roe Ave., Leawood, Kansas, 913.338.5151