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Episode 81: Keith Kidd on why Razorbacks, Vikings, and Chicken and Waffles make a great combination

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IANWA - 81 - UofA Footballs Keith Kidd makes it to the NFL and comes back to Fayetteville and Creates a Chicken and Waffle Frenzy

IANWA Open [0:11] It's time for another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. The podcast covering the intersection of business, culture, entrepreneurship, and life in general here in the Ozarks. Whether you are considering a move to this area or trying to learn more about the place you call home, we've got something special for you. Without further ado, here's our fearless host, Randy Wilburn.

Randy Wilburn [0:43] Hey folks, and welcome to another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. I'm your host Randy Wilburn, and I'm here today with none other than Keith Kidd. Keith is the proprietor for KDK's Chicken and Waffles. Now you have probably seen their truck. They are down at Fiesta square. They are now down on Razorback between Baum in the corner of Razorback and MLK. But these guys know how to make chicken and waffles. Now, here's the deal. I have been hounding Keith to come on the podcast. I wanted to tell his story. And the reason why I want to tell his story is just that I loved his chicken and waffles. I love them. They are great. We met a couple of months ago and with the pandemic and all this craziness happening, it just took a while for us to get together finally. But he is here today. We are recording this episode live in direct right here at the brand-new Co-Op location here in downtown Fayetteville. I've recorded one other episode here so folks, when you're listening to this, let us know what you think about this particular episode. But without further ado, I want to welcome Keith Kidd to the podcast. Keith, how are you doing?

Keith Kidd [1:55] I'm doing great. I'm doing great. God is good.

Randy Wilburn [1:58] He is all the time. Yes sir. And I'm so glad that we finally got you here on the podcast, I appreciate you taking the time. I would love for you because the listeners of this podcast are so used to hearing the origin stories of individuals. Sometimes they tell us long stories sometimes it tells short stories. You have as we have had a chance to talk a little bit both here and in other locations. You have an extremely interesting story, so without stealing your thunder, Keith, I would love for you to tell the I am Northwest Arkansas listeners a little bit about you.

Keith Kidd [2:29] I came here in 1980 as a freshman. I got a scholarship from Crossett at Arkansas and played here for the Arkansas Razorbacks. And I was excited, young, and I have been here for about 40 years now, and I have seen Northwest Arkansas grow. This is a wonderful place to be.

Randy Wilburn [2:48] Man and you just kind of threw that out there like it was nothing. So, you came here from Crossett, which is like right on the Louisiana Arkansas border kind of near Bastrop in Monroe, right. So just to kind of give people a visual of where that is, what part of the state of Arkansas that is, and it's different down there than it is up here.

Keith Kidd [3:07] It's like day and night. I mean, everything is so much different in Southeast Arkansas. It's different.

Randy Wilburn [3:15] Okay, so you came up here. You decided to play football. What position was you?

Keith Kidd [3:21] Wide receiver.

Randy Wilburn [3:22] Okay, you had some good hands like Randy Moss.

Keith Kidd [3:24] I don't know if I had Randy Moss's hand, but I had some pretty decent hands.

Randy Wilburn [3:28] You had some decent hands. Okay, cool. So, you came here and back in those days that was at the time when the Arkansas Razorbacks were in the Southwest Conference. So, that's when they still played Oklahoma---

Keith Kidd [3:43] No, we played Texas, A&M, Baylor. We also played Rice, and it was different back then.

Randy Wilburn [3:50] It was different back then, and then it cross over to the SEC and it's never been---

Keith Kidd [3:55] OMG! Back then, we will go to a ball game, and we would play maybe like a Florida team, but now being in the SEC is like going to a ball game every week. Because you got Alabama, you got Georgia, you got Florida, and you got LSU, man---.

Randy Wilburn [4:12] It's pretty ridiculous. And the thing about it at the time of this recording the season hadn't started. We don't know if we're going to have a season. If we do, technically, the Arkansas Razorbacks have probably the toughest schedule on record. I mean, their schedule is in sync*.

Keith Kidd [4:29] Listen, they got a brutal schedule this year, man.

Randy Wilburn [4:32] Here's the thing. Here's the golden fleece and all this is that if they do get to play, and Sam Pittman, the new coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team gets these guys to come up and coaches them, and they show up in most of these games, they are going to build a level of loyalty. I mean, they already have the state, but they are going to build a level of excitement. We are a few players away like everything that I think we haven't had, which is like quarterbacks, offensive lineman. We need an O line. I saw that movie, Greater not too long ago, which was a really---. My kids watch that, but that movie was really good. And so, I just think that Arkansas every year they have historically only been a couple of key positions away, but I think Sam Pittman is going to make a difference. And I do hope that the University of Arkansas gives this man a chance to build a solid team.

Keith Kidd [5:31] I think coach Pittman is going to do a great job here, man. He's got some great assistant coaches, and that's where it starts. And if you can have some assistant coaches go down and recruit for you bringing some phenomenal kids here, I think in two or three years Arkansas is going to be a powerhouse.

Randy Wilburn [5:48] Yeah. Well, they probably could. Let's just hope from your lips to God's ears; we will see what happens. So, you got here, you played at The University of Arkansas, which was at a different time. It was the Southwestern Athletic Conference, then you made it to the pros.

Keith Kidd [6:06] I got drafted to the Minnesota Vikings. In fact, in my senior year, I missed the last six games of my senior year and still was able to get drafted in the ninth round. That's how much potential I had.

Randy Wilburn [6:17] What happened to you?

Keith Kidd [6:19] Well, my last six games was I tore my knee. I had just something minor, and it stopped me from playing, but Minnesota was following me and so they drafted me in the ninth round.

Randy Wilburn [6:31] Wow. Okay. And so, you went up to cold Minnesota because that's a lot different than Arkansas even though it's just due north of us. So, you went up there, and the year that you got up there Archie Manning was still the---

Keith Kidd [6:44] Archie Manning was the third-string quarterback, and he was on his way out. And he ended up retiring that year, but I got a chance to spend a lot of time with Archie, which was great. Got a chance to meet his boys. He---

Randy Wilburn [6:57] Wait, I think I know his kids, Eli and Peyton.

Keith Kidd [7:01] He had another son, Cooper, and Cooper was a super athlete. He ended up hurting his neck, so he had to quit playing at Ole Miss*, but I remember spending some time with Peyton. Archie used to take those boys in the film room and teach them about football. The rest is history.

Randy Wilburn [7:18] Listen, I mean, there's something to be said for that. And you know, it's almost like you become a student of the game. They both became students of the game at an early age, so that interesting. So, you got up to Minnesota, and you got a chance to spend time with Archie Manning. You got to meet his offsprings, which eventually became big names themselves in the NFL of course. So, what was your overall experience like and the show as they call it?

Keith Kidd [7:48] The thing was, my dream was to play in the NFL, you know, growing up from Crossett from Southeast Arkansas and then coming up here at the University of Arkansas and then to get a chance just to get there. I mean, it's just like, a dream come true and it was quite a bit of experience for me. I enjoyed it. I loved it. Unfortunately, I got hurt in my second year. I tore my hamstring, and it cost me my career. But I got a chance to get there and that was amazing. Just having the chance to be there and to see what the NFL is all about. It's strictly business. I mean, nothing but business, but I enjoyed just getting drafted being there with Minnesota.

Randy Wilburn [8:31] Okay. Well, I love that. That's just exciting just thinking about every time I get around people. I have some friends that played in the league, as they like to call it and very unassuming people. People that you wouldn't think had played in the league. And, of course, typically when you get out of the league, you try to bulk down and lose some of that weight and all that other stuff because you're not going into battle every day. I love seniors before and after pictures of those old linemen that end up losing all that weight. Running that three and a quarter and now are like 250 and they're just like cocked diesel, so it's interesting.

Keith Kidd [9:15] You know what's amazing is you got college kids that are just as big as those NFL guys now.

Randy Wilburn [9:20] Oh yeah. Linemen back in your day like in the early 80s, linemen were like 230.

Keith Kidd [9:27] And then you take it even further, you got kids coming out of high school that are like [inaudible 9:31] 350 pounds, man; that is phenomenal.

Randy Wilburn [9:36] There's something in the water Keith. So, you finished up your career in the NFL. What drew you back to Arkansas?

Keith Kidd [9:46] Well, you know what, I came back to Arkansas and decided I didn't want to return to Crossett. There is nothing bad about Crossett, but I come from a family that has a janitorial business. So, I got into the janitorial business, and I said, you know what, I want to go back to Northwest Arkansas. But I could tell at that time that Northwest Arkansas was growing. And so, I just---

Randy Wilburn [10:07] That's an understatement.

Keith Kidd [10:10] I decided to come back to Northwest Arkansas, and I have had my janitorial business for 32 years. And man, it's been phenomenal. I mean, the growth and everything with my business. I worked hard, and I decided I wanted to come back to Northwest Arkansas. And I looked back now 40 years ago; this place has grown. I mean, it's still growing. I mean, it's the place to be.

Randy Wilburn [10:33] So, tell me something about this because I know you have a unique experience. I talked to a lot of people that have educated me about things that were a lot different for black athletes coming up here to Northwest Arkansas back in the early 80s, right. I'm pretty sure you were told at the time, and I think this is a good education for people. When you probably got here, you were probably told where you should go where you shouldn't go. Don't be in certain towns after a certain time. I mean, am I correct?

Keith Kidd [10:59] Exactly. They use to tell us don't be in Springdale after eight o'clock. Don't be in Rogers after eight o'clock. I mean, when I got here, we didn't even have black barbers. We didn't have anywhere to go and eat. I mean, we didn't have anything to do here. In fact, I used to have to go to Little Rock to get a haircut.

Randy Wilburn [11:17] Oh my goodness. So, juxtapose that with what you are experiencing here in Northwest Arkansas today. Because it's almost like to me when I hear those stories and I've heard them from other people that even Keenan played here in the early 90s. They were saying the same thing. They were saying that's what people were telling them. That's what coaches were telling them then, but let's juxtapose that with what you have experienced here in Northwest Arkansas today. How much different is it?

Keith Kidd [11:45] It's been a lot different now because now we have places where you can eat, we have places where you can get your hair cut. I remember we didn't even have BET.

Randy Wilburn [11:57] I have heard that. You're the second person that has said that to me.

Keith Kidd [12:01] Yeah. We have BET now, but things have changed a lot. There are now beginning to get the black athletes that they need to get here for the football because it's been hard to recruit. Most kids don't want to come up here because there's not a lot to do up here. And so, it's beginning to get better now.

Randy Wilburn [12:22] Yeah. I think you're right. I mean, it's so. As an African American, one of the first things that I tried to figure out when I got here was where I could go get my haircut? Where can I do this? I was thankful to have met some people, and I shout out to my barber Nick at Celebrity Haircuts, right on North College. They are actually a lot of really good barbers here. White and black barbers that know how to cut, that really know how to cut. There are folks up in Rogers. There are folks up in Springdale in Bentonville. So, if you're coming here and you're looking for something special, what a lot of people don't realize it's like my barber is Sacra Saint. I mean, it goes without saying. Once you find a good barber you---

Keith Kidd [13:05] ---you don't want to go anywhere else.

Randy Wilburn [13:06] It's like cheating. If you go somewhere else--- you don't even want to tell your brother. You're like, man, you were out of town, I had to get my hair cut. You're like, listen; I don't know what happened. Hey, listen, that's just how it is. So that's funny. There's a show on ABC called Blackish, and there was a whole storyline about cheating on your barber and it's a real thing in the African American community. But I have white friends that swear by their hair salon stylists, so I get it. I mean, it's just preferences, right? People have personal preferences about who touches them who does what, so I mean, it's important, but you're right. To your point, this area had changed quite a bit since the early 80s when you came. And you don't recognize it, but I think the thing for you more than anything else that you have been able to capture is you started a new business. Would you tell us just a little bit about that and how did that come to be?

Keith Kidd [14:00] I started chicken and waffles. And as I said, I've been here 40 years, and my thing was there was nowhere to eat. You go back down to South and we got chicken, we got everything back down south. And you come up here, and it's like day and night. You're like, man, I don't know what I want to eat. And so, what I did was I met---.

Randy Wilburn [14:21] ---and to qualify---. I don't mean to cut you off with what you are saying, but there are a lot of really great restaurants, but you are really talking about more down-home soulful cooking. Is that right? I want to be very clear here because I don't want people listening to this thinking, oh, there are no good restaurants. It is amazing. We have James Beard Award winners here in Northwest Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is replete with great restaurants. What Keith is talking about is having amazing soul foods. That's why they call it soul food. And I had heard about this, and you could tell me if I'm wrong. There was a woman that had a truck Momma Deans. Her legacy lives on to this day. People talk about her and I can see like a tear coming out of people's eyes when they talk about her food and how good it was.

Keith Kidd [15:11] I am going to tell you how good Momma Deans' food was. They had her on the SEC channel; that's how great her food was. And they were talking about if you go to Northwest Arkansas, go to Momma Deans. That's when I realized, hey, this is real. This is real man. And you know, you will see people just peck it out. I mean, they love it. And when she went out of business, people were literally crying like, man, we want some soul food. Where can we get some soul food now? And, I ran off that with Momma Deans. I was like, man, I would love to do something like that. You know, have some soul food where you can come because people can relate to soul food. People love soul food. And so, that's what I want to do with my chicken and waffles. You know, at some point, we talked about doing greens and cornbread in that food truck.

Randy Wilburn [16:01] Okay. So, you're really going to mix it up. So, let's talk a little bit. How did you decide I mean because there's a lot of different routes that we can go with soul food? We can go to the barbecue route. You went a non-traditional route, right? And we were talking about this earlier that this whole idea of chicken and waffles for a lot of people, I don't know who technically made it famous, but there was a restaurant out on the West Coast called Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. Now they know what they're doing. Roscoe's has been around for a couple of decades now and I have a lot of friends that when they go to LA, they make it a point to Roscoe's. But tell me how did you decide to settle on chicken and waffles as your go-to foundation for what you were doing?

Keith Kidd [16:46] I got a barber that I go to, Look's Unlimited, and I told him I was going to do a food truck, and he said, man, you ought to come up with a deal with chicken and waffles. And he said nobody around here is doing that right now? He said you would do well with that. And I met a guy at Verizon, that could really cook chicken. And so, he and I teamed up and got together and we decided to do chicken and waffle. And unfortunately, things didn't work out and he left and took his recipe and moved away. And this young lady named Kathy Herman, we both decided on how can we keep this going? So, we stopped for a solid year and said, hey, let's go back to the drawing board and see if we can get it correct and start over. And that's how KDK'S came into existence.

Randy Wilburn [17:38] Wow. Okay, so you started, then you kind of regroup, and then you came back again. And so now you have got the chicken and waffles. You have got your recipe all set up. So, can you tell us a little bit about your offerings and what you have? What's on the menu?

Keith Kidd [17:54] We have marinated wings and tenders. We got homemade mac and cheese. We got okra, fries, and homemade peach cobbler. And it's been great because they love it and it's been really surprising because when Kathy and I first started, it was slow getting it off the ground. And now, we got the college kids we got the athletes, the Razorback team, we got the basketball team, they love it, and it's very exciting.

Randy Wilburn [18:37] Yeah. I was there one day picking up some food to go, and I think it was Daniel Gafford who was there.

Keith Kidd [18:48] He played with the Chicago Bulls.

Randy Wilburn [18:49] Right. Right. Right. So, I like the way that the University of Arkansas athletes support each other. So, that's something to be said. What are the plans for the future of KDK'S Chicken and Waffles?

Keith Kidd [19:02] My goal is I would love to expand a little bit more. We want to grow right here in Fayetteville. In fact, we got this thing called a barn, and what we are going to do is to get out of the food truck and we're going to put like two or three more fries in this barn where we are at right now. What we want to do is, we don't want our fans and customers having to wait a long time to get their food; we want to be able to get it out pretty quickly.

Randy Wilburn [19:25] I will say this the few times that I've been there. First of all, it was super-hot, and there was a long line, but people were waiting. I mean, people were waiting so clearly, your fans like your food.

Keith Kidd [19:38] They love it. And so, we want to put it in a barn, which is unique and to be able to cook everything out of there. And later on, we would love to expand to Bentonville.

Randy Wilburn [19:50] Yeah. A lot of people are doing that. My buddy Jordan, right over at Wright's Barbecue, is opening up a location up in Bentonville in the next few days, so I think it's pretty exciting. I believe there are a lot of opportunities up there. You have got the A Street market, The Momentary. There is just good food throughout Northwest Arkansas. Everywhere that you go there is good food.

Keith Kidd [20:14] And the good thing about Bentonville is you got Walmart? Yeah, I mean, you got a whole client.

Randy Wilburn [20:20] Everybody's heard of that little company, Walmart. Yes, not to be confused with Amazon, two different companies. But yes, Walmart is here, and Walmart is the foundation of this area, whether people like it or not. I don't know about you, but have you ever had a chance to read some of Walton's biography?

Keith Kidd [20:39] I have.

Randy Wilburn [20:41] Yeah. Interesting stuff. I just had a newfound respect for him when I had a chance to look at it and to see how he set things up back in the days. And the thing that I like is that he created an opportunity for so many people to be super successful. Because you just got regular folks that were here that were part of that original group that they did well financially because of the stock and everything else. And so, I think that he has always created an opportunity or made it an option for even the regular associate to buy stock in Walmart.

Keith Kidd [21:17] He was a very humble man.

Randy Wilburn [21:18] Yeah, he was. Definitely. And I think that his kids and his grandkids are trying to put their mark here on Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas as a whole; I mean, the whole state so a lot is going on. So, you want to do this barn you want to expand a little bit, and maybe a couple more fryers will allow people to speak through the lines. What else are you hoping to do in the near future? Is there any chance that you could end up in the Bud Walton Arena or anything like that?

Keith Kidd [21:46] You know what, our goal is to get into the football stadium and then get into the basketball stadium. Another thing I would love to do is to be able to do the whole state of Arkansas; you can expand to the entire state of Arkansas. I played here for the Razorback- people still remember my name? And if they come to try our chicken, I think they are going to be surprised how well the chicken tastes. So, I'm looking forward to doing that.

Randy Wilburn [22:09] Okay. All right. I love that. I love that. So, I want to ask you this because since at the time of this recording, we are still dealing with this COVID pandemic; even you and I are kind of socially distant. We are sitting here in an area where people are wearing masks. Everybody in the store has on a mask because it's a state requirement right now. How are you dealing with the pandemic, and how is this affecting your business?

Keith Kidd [22:31] It has been good for my business. I mean, because people can't go and sit down in the restaurant right now. And so, what people are doing, they are going to a lot of these food trucks, and of course, wearing their masks, get their food go back home where they can sit down and eat, and this has opened up the doors for food trucks now.

Randy Wilburn [22:50] Wow. That's awesome. And so, if you expand or when you expand to this instead of a truck more of a like a barn type setup, is this going to be at that same location?

Keith Kidd [23:01] It's going to be at the same location.

Randy Wilburn [23:02] Okay. So that location, so that people know, it's where the old Department of Motor Vehicles office was. There is nothing there now. What are they doing?

Keith Kidd [23:14] They are building some apartments, 8-storey apartments, which are going to be phenomenal.

Rand Wilburn [23:19] Yeah. You are going to have a built-in customer base right there, which is nice. Looking forward to that and for when sports come back and when baseball---. I mean, this would have been a great season had you had baseball because a lot of people park around that area and then walk down the Baum Stadium to go to a game.

Keith Kidd [23:36] And baseball has been very successful the last two or three years, and I mean, baseball has been phenomenal. You want to see the fans there. So, you know, we didn't get a chance to do anything this year because of the pandemic, but I think things are going to come back around. It may take a little time but it will come back around hopefully.

Randy Wilburn [23:53] Okay. I love that. I love that. So, what are your hours there? I'm going to make sure I put all the information online so people know how to check you out because they can order online now?

Keith Kidd [24:05] Yes, they can order online. Our hours are from 11 to 7.

Randy Wilburn [24:09] You're closed on Monday, right? On Monday. So, it's Tuesday through Sunday. Okay, 11 to 7, Tuesday through Sunday, KDK'S Chicken and Waffles. You can come down here and check out Keith and the rest of the gang. How soon before you will have the barn?

Keith Kidd [24:25] Hopefully, in the next month, we will have it up and running.

Randy Wilburn [24:28] Okay. And what are you going to do with the food truck? Because that's a tight little thing you got there now.

Keith Kidd [24:35] We are going to keep that food truck, and here's what we are going to do. We will be able to go from location to location and do things like here in Northwest Arkansas. We can go to Bentonville. We can go to Rogers. We can go to Springdale. We can go to Siloam springs, and we can think about going to Russellville. So, we can move around with that food truck.

Randy Wilburn [24:55] So, you will keep that for when you need to go mobile. Okay, that makes sense. So, all right. Well, even with everything that's going on out there, you are excited about the future?

Keith Kidd [25:09] I am very excited about this food truck. It has been a blessing. It's been good.

Randy Wilburn [25:12] That's awesome. That's awesome. So, what would you say to anybody that was thinking about moving here to Northwest Arkansas as we stand here in 2020? Again, I know the pandemic is going on, but people have to move. I connected with a guy that ended up moving here, partially because he listened to this podcast but also because he got hired by one of the big three Tyson, JB Hunt, or Walmart, either one of those. But he got hired by them. He started in May virtually, of course, so he's not physically going to the office but he'll be here eventually. But what would you say to somebody that's thinking about moving here to Northwest Arkansas? What would your advice be to them? And what would you say is one of the big pluses in this area?

Keith Kidd [25:58] What I love about Northwest Arkansas is this place is growing. And for African Americans, there are a lot of opportunities to do some stuff here in Northwest Arkansas. There are a lot of people from my hometown who have moved to Northwest Arkansas. And I asked them what do they love about this place? There are so many opportunities. We have got Walmart, Tyson, and JB Hunt and also The Razorback. There is always something to do. You have got the basketball team here. If you are into sports, this is going to be the best place to be.

Randy Wilburn [26:41] Exactly. Even though they may not be playing at this very moment, there will be some sports at some point in time. I think that's huge and you're absolutely right, I agree with you, 100 percent. That's what makes this place unique. You have got the business arena up in Bentonville and then you've got the university sitting here at Fayetteville and you've got everything in between, which makes it kind of a special area.

Keith Kidd [27:08] Here's another thing I like about Northwest Arkansas they are starting to get some R&B groups in here- they are growing the AMP. Last year, I saw Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, and Earth Wind and Fire.

Randy Wilburn [27:27] So, did you know that Earth Wind and Fire performed at the old Fayetteville Mall when that was---?

Keith Kidd [27:33] Yes, I was there. I was there. I remember in 1980 at Barnhill; they had the Commodores.

Randy Wilburn [27:44] Oh, my goodness. Brick House.

Keith Kidd [27:47] And, you know, and in about three, four years ago, they had the essence of the festival up here. And they had Maxwell, and I'm like, Northwest Arkansas got Maxwell- that's big-time for Northwest Arkansas. They are doing that for African Americans up here. It's growing.

Randy Wilburn [28:06] And I think it's growing in general for any minority that's coming here or doing anything here. I just think it's a very diverse area. It is the most diverse part of the state. And, I believe people when they haven't heard about it, or they don't really know, they just know what they have seen on TV. You actually have to come here and see it and come and touch and maybe not get too close to anybody because we're still social distancing. But come and see the people of Northwest Arkansas and see what we are all about because I think just like you met me. I met you on the track. My kids were running on the track, and I ran into you, then I ran into you again. I was like, hey, I know this guy. And then one thing led to another we started talking. I introduced you to some people; you introduced me to some people. I have had chicken and waffles plenty of times there. You fed my kids. I mean, that's just the way that it is and I love that. It's a good area. It definitely is. So, a final thought for you, is there a quote, or some type of encouragement that has always resonated with you, that has always stayed with you that you have shared with somebody else?

Keith Kidd [29:17] Yes. And I tell people, this Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me." And you can do that. Whatever you put your mind to do, you can do that, and that's what I have been doing.

Randy Wilburn [29:29]. Yeah, I love that. I love that. Well, Keith Kidd, I appreciate you, man. I'm finally glad we got this episode done, and I got to sit down with you and talk with you. I can't wait to break bread with you at some point in time in the future. But I will be back to get some chicken and waffles soon, but thank you so much for coming on the podcast.

Keith Kidd [29:50] Thank you for having me, man. I enjoyed.

Randy Wilburn [29:52] Absolutely. So, KDK'S Chicken and Waffles. You can check them out. What's the website address?

Keith Kidd [29:57] 989 Razorback Road.

Randy Wilburn [29:59] That's the actual address. Is there a website address?

Keith Kidd [30:02] We have, but I'm not really sure.

Randy Wilburn [30:03] Don't worry about it. I'll put it on the Show Notes to make sure everybody sees it.

Keith Kidd [30:07] Appreciate it. I got some people working with me and helping me do some things, but they are working on that.

Randy Wilburn [30:12] We want to see that happen because your chicken and waffles need to go far and wide. Folks, you got to try them out. I have had the wings. I have had the tenders. I have had the waffles really, really good food. And, for those of you that are just coming here to the University of Arkansas, for your first year and you've never been here before, go down and check out Keith and his team there at KDK'S Chicken and Waffles; I think you will enjoy what they have to offer.

Keith Kidd [30:39] Thank you very much.

Randy Wilburn [30:40]. Absolutely. Well, there you have it, folks. Another episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. So excited to have Keith on the show. We appreciate just being able to interact with people like Keith and so many others that are making Northwest Arkansas a great place to live, right if I can borrow that phrase. But that's all I have for you today. I hope you guys are continuing to stay safe stay socially distant. Please, please, please, whatever you do, make sure you make plans to vote in this voting season. The upcoming election is November 3. I don't care how you vote, just vote. I don't want to hear that I can't get there. I can't get off of work. Make arrangements to do it. You just need to do that. It's part of our democracy. We can't make it without you being a part of the equation. So that's all I have for you today. I will be in touch really soon. I hope you enjoyed this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas. You can find us wherever great podcasts can be found, and you can check us out online at I'm Randy Wilburn and I will see you next week. Peace.

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About the Show:

In this episode, we sit down with Keith Kidd, Founder of KDK Chicken & Waffles.  Keith has been around Northwest Arkansas for more than 40 years. He originally came up here to play football for the Razorbacks back in 1980, made it to the NFL as a ninth round draft pick with the Minnesota Vikings, and then found his way back to the Ozarks at the end of his pro football career. 

Keith’s entrepreneurial journey started with his janitorial business which he has run for many years. A fortuitous haircut appointment,  a few years ago ended up sending Keith on a different entrepreneurial path with the start of KDK’s Chicken and Waffles. Originally rolled out in a food truck at Fiesta Square Keith has grown the business and his reputation for the best chicken and waffle combination in Northwest Arkansas. He has been a source of down home comfort food to everyone that’s visited his food truck including the thousands of University of Arkansas students and student athletes. 

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Hear all about Keith’s fascinating journey on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.  

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