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Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by KCMax » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:01 pm

Oklahoma Joe’s opening Olathe event space. Is a name change next?
More than two years ago, Oklahoma Joe’s introduced “Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que Sauce.”

Then, about 18-months ago, the restaurant came out with a “Joe’s Original French Fry Seasoning.”

Now it has two new T-shirts — one that says “Quality Smoked Meats Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que;” and “Home of the Z-Man Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.”

Is the “Oklahoma Joe’s” name being phased out? The owners declined to comment on the name change at this time.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by NDTeve » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:36 pm

Not sure what the need would be...maybe just less confusing from a branding standpoint.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by LenexatoKCMO » Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:34 pm

I have heard more than a few folks grumble about having one of the more celebrated BBQ restaurants in the capital of the bbq world, Kansas City, carry a name including the word "Oklahoma". They must have heard the grumbles too. That said I am rather surprised they would be willing to give up so much brand equity given that it is nationally recognized in BBQ circles and the new name sounds much more generic.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by grovester » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:45 pm

Or just transition to OK Joe's for a while.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by chaglang » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:32 pm

Smokie Joe's

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by kcmetro » Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:36 am

chaglang wrote:Smokie Joe's
There's a Smokin' Joe's in Olathe which is far worse than Oklahoma Joe's. Wouldn't want people getting the two confused and ending up at Smokin' Joe's.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by KCMax » Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:52 pm

They are indeed changing their name to "Joe's Kansas City."

http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... 10928.html

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by shinatoo » Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:00 pm

Not thrilled about the name "Oklahoma Joe's" but this is a huge marketing mistake at this point. Should have been done 5 years ago.
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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by chrizow » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:48 am

incredibly stupid. i can't believe they thought this was a good idea. the "oklahoma" thing is a lot less confusing when you realize an "oklahoma joe" is a kind of smoker. "Joe's kansas city" sounds very generic. Why on earth change your name after years of national press and accolades using your old name?

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by KCMax » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:13 am

Petty provincalism once again rears its ugly head in Kansas City. Film at 11.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by earthling » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:38 am

Doesn't make sense to change name but 'KC Joes' rolls off tongue better.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by lock+load » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:53 am

More likely the change is because they do not own the rights to the Oklahoma Joe's name nationwide. Look's like the original "Joe" is trying to franchise the concept.

http://www.joedavidson.com/licensing

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by slimwhitman » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:53 am

earthling wrote:Doesn't make sense to change name but 'KC Joes' rolls off tongue better.
...or even OK Joe's at least removes it from "Oklahoma". This name change is just plain weird.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by brewcrew1000 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 10:55 am

Joe's Kansas City sounds like some crappy Italian restaurant.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by longviewmo » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:05 am

lock+load wrote:More likely the change is because they do not own the rights to the Oklahoma Joe's name nationwide. Look's like the original "Joe" is trying to franchise the concept.

http://www.joedavidson.com/licensing
And to add to the confusion, the KC locations are listed here and their accolades are claimed across the site: http://www.joedavidson.com/restaurants

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by lock+load » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:11 am

Seems like a raw deal for owners of KC locations. They have built the reputation and brand equity and now someone else gets to profit from it.

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by kcjak » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:14 am

lock+load wrote:Seems like a raw deal for owners of KC locations. They have built the reputation and brand equity and now someone else gets to profit from it.
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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by kboish » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:57 am

brewcrew1000 wrote:Joe's Kansas City sounds like some crappy Italian restaurant.
Sounds like a used car dealer commercial.

"Come on down to Joes Kansas City to get a great deal. No money down!"

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by PumpkinStalker » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:44 pm

You just need to get used to the European way of naming restaurants.




We all had the same reaction to Sporting KC. :lol:

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Re: Oklahoma Joe's rebranding as "Joe's Kansas City"?

Post by WSPanic » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:24 pm

It reminds me more of a place specifically NOT located in KC - like Max's Kansas City.

Having OK in the name never bothered me. This seems silly and misguided. But, it probably won't hurt their business. Perhaps this is the beginning of the end for Joe's. I hope I'm the first to proclaim I liked the food better before the name changed.

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