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Ike "Big Daddy" Seymour was born in the Bahamas, grew up in Miami and moved to Des Moines in 1957, where he met and married his wife Arnzie. But it wasn't until he opened his first bar-b-q spot in the 1980s that he became a master "Q" man and the purveyor of the tastiest and spiciest bar-b-q sauces on planet Earth.
He counted among his customers President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and a long list of politicians, celebrities and journalists who, by word-of-mouth, made a stop at Big Daddy's essential when they passed through Des Moines.
In the early 1990s, Big Daddy began bottling and selling his bar-b-q sauces in local stores. They were an immediate sensation, and his legend grew as bar-b-q connoisseurs began sending bottles to their friends around the world.
Throughout the city, Ike "Big Daddy" Seymour was well known as one of Des Moines' most charismatic and charitable residents. He never stopped giving to and fundraising for the Food Bank of Iowa, his favorite charity, raising and donating thousands of dollars to feed those in need.
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Big Daddy died in 2004, and after almost 30 fiery years, the Big Daddy family decided to close its legendary restaurant. But it is through catering for large and small events around town, and manufacturing those world famous, mouth-watering, heat-intensive sauces, that the legend of Big Daddy lives on.