The owner of Poio Mexican BBQ in Kansas City, Kansas is looking to sell the restaurant

Kansas City, Kan. – The owner of this popular restaurant is serving up more than food. He put the whole restaurant on a plate – hoping someone would buy it. There is a piece of the deal involving the new KCI Airport Terminal that could tempt potential buyers.

Poio Mexican BBQ is busier than ever. That’s why the owner said he had to cut and take things off his plate.

Carlos Mortera sells Pio for $250,000.

“We’re not closing. We’re still open,” Mortera said. “We’ll be open until the restaurant is sold to someone new.”

It’s a hard decision to sell, but he said the payout he will see when it comes to his family will be worth it.

These days he works 16 hours, several days a week. He is looking to spend more time with his young children.

“The pandemic kind of put into perspective what I want out of life and, you know, money isn’t everything,” Mortera said. “Time is more money and at least time with them now. I need to spend time with them before they hate me, and they become teenagers.

In 2020, Mortera closed another Poio restaurant on the west side due to the pandemic.

“It has been coming here since it was in the last location and followed it here,” said Curtis Barkley. “Amazing food.”

Barkley is a big fan of the unique char with chicken. They serve wood fire grilled pollo, nachos with all layers and ribs family style.

It is a popular restaurant.

First Lady Jill Biden even stopped by to eat when she was in Kansas City last year.

“In a city that has great food and a lot of options,” Barkley said. “It’s one of my favorites and it would be sad to see it go.”

The owner is not only selling the restaurant, he is also selling the Poio brand, which includes a licensing agreement for a venue inside the new KCI airport terminal.

“The licensing agreement is for the LLC that owns the restaurant and the brand,” Mortera said. “So, it will be transferred to the owner.”

It was Mortera’s dream to build a franchise. He hopes that the new owner sees the future for Poio.

“Someone wanting to do that would be amazing,” Mortera said. “Bring it to other states or just other parts of the city, that would be great. So everyone can continue to try that food.”

Mortera said they have several interested parties, but nothing is set in stone.

He assures foodies, they will remain open until Poio is in good hands.

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