M – Th: 11am – 9pm
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 12pm – 10pm
Sun: 12pm – 8pm
Dennis Ray Hicks, Sr., known as “Dad’s”, grew up in Biloxi Mississippi. He was married to Etta Delitha Hicks for 45 years. It had always been a dream of his to one day own his Barbecue Restaurant. Although he wasn’t much of a cook growing up, his special dish loved by his children was homemade hamburger helper. The ingredients included ground beef and pork and beans.
It was in Willimsburg, Virginia at the Watters’ Family reunion, where Dad’s began his vision to establish a restaurant. Dad’s was appointed as the cook for his family reunion. His oldest daughter LaMonica Samuel, named the cook for this reunion “Dad’s.” The name took off from there. His niece, Veronica (Niecy) Veal prepared aprons and hats for the famous cook-to-be. Dad’s showdown began and he cooked the best ribs, chicken, hot dogs, and links. The family acknowledged his success then, and still believes that there is no barbecue like Dad’s. After this reunion, Dad’s began to know that cooking was what he wanted to do. He retired as a foreman construction worker after 35 years. He knew that would be the best time to be able to fully commit to owning his restaurant. His son-in-law, known as Mr. Eric King, created the famous logo.
With nothing but time on his hands, Dad’s was able to open his first location at 10151 1/2 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland, California. His grand opening was on September 1, 1999. Dad’s worked a month and a half alone with his wife. Soon after, Carl Chatman, was was Dad’s head cook for 6 years, joined the staff. Approximately a year after his opening, Dad’s established the largest barbecue catering truck in the Bay Area. Dad’s had the opportunity to cater to the Oakland School District, Fremont High School, Nextel Telephone Company, San Quentin Prison, and one of his favorites was the NFL San Francisco 49ers Football Team. He served throughout the Bay Area. His food and special sauce was shipped as far as Virginia and the Mississippi states. Dad’s vision was now alive and flourishing in the Bay Area. He wanted to be able to hire convicts to allow them another opportunity with life. Never did anyone come into Dad’s hungry and was not fed. Dad’s heart was bigger than the company will ever be. Both Dad’s and Carl, along with other dedicated workers, Katie Cepus and brother James Gilmore, operated at the Oakland location until September 1, 2005. Once he closed the doors in the Oakland area an immediate door was opened at 785 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg… formerly known as C&C Barbecue.
Photos coming soon!