In 1928, Van opened his first pig stand in Wewoka, Oklahoma. It was a small little store serving Barbecue such as the Pig Sandwich® and Ribs. The menu also included other types of sandwiches such as Liverwurst, Pimento, Chicken Salad, and Cream Cheese. In 1929 a second Pig Stand opened in Seminole Oklahoma, and was then sold in 1935. On June 5, 1930, Van opened his third Pig Stand Location at 714 Highland in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In the same year Van married Thelma Maree Glenn. In 1935, the Shawnee store moved across the street to its present location. This Pig Stand is the oldest Bar-B-Q restaurant, owned and operated by the same family, in Oklahoma.