Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Expands Across Minnesota

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is building momentum in Minnesota. Minnesota is Dickey's fastest growing market with 12 stores open and five more set to open in the coming months.

"We've only been in the Minnesota market for a short time period and have seen explosive growth and interest in our unique concept," says Roland Dickey,Jr., president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants. "No one does barbecue the way we do it and Minnesota has really embraced us."

Have a Knee Slappin' Family Friendly Time at Dickey's

Dickey's Barbecue has always been a family affair. Since 1941, the world's largest barbecue franchise has offered free kids' meals every Sunday and affordable family packs designed to bring the whole family together for dinner. The restaurant chain known for its lip smackin', rib ticklin', foot stompin' barbecue has a Lil' Wranglers menu that is both healthy and great tasting.

Dickey's Offers New Lip Smackin' Healthy Menu Options

Dickey's Barbecue is getting ready for swimsuit weather and barbecue season. The restaurant chain known for its lip smackin', rib ticklin', foot stompin' barbecue has created great tasting menu options that are all under 600 calories. 

"When you think of barbecue, you normally don't consider it a healthy option, but at Dickey's you can still enjoy great taste without the high calories," says Roland Dickey, Jr.

"We are committed to providing options that fit in to a healthy lifestyle."

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is Moving to Valparaiso

Rajesh and Purabi Chowdhery recently signed a franchise agreement with Dickey's Barbecue and are now looking for the right location in Valparaiso.

"We looked at a lot of other places and they all seemed to be the same—very costly and basic fast food," Purabi Chowdhery says. 

"Dickey's is different! Barbecue is a favorite American food and there isn't much competition out there right now."

Dickey's Opens Unit No. 200

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a family legacy that began in a one-room location 70 years ago, opened its 200th location on December 17 in Abilene, Texas.

"I never thought it would get to 200 stores. I remember when 100 was the goal and thinking to myself there is just no way. The Dickey family has really done a great job and should be proud—I know I am," says Dale Smith, a Dickey's franchise owner. "I don't see the Dickey family slowing down after the 200th. I see them continuing the growth with the same enthusiasm they have now."

Cities vs. States vs. You

Earlier this year, the city of Cleveland banned added trans fats at restaurants citywide. But the ban didn’t stand; the state of Ohio banned the ban in its proposed state budget, adding an amendment that would prevent municipalities from regulating ingredients quick serves could use.

The battle in Ohio marks a new twist in the debate over who has the right to legislate food in lieu of a federal regulation: cities, states, or nobody at all.

Dickey’s Celebrates 70 Years With $1 Sandwiches

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit celebrated 70 years of serving the greatest tasting barbecue Tuesday. The restaurant chain, famous for its pit-smoked signature meats and souvenir big yellow cups, offered $1 big barbecue southern pulled pork sandwiches and drinks at every store nationwide in celebration of the milestone.

Dickey’s Plans First Pit Stop in Nebraska

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest quick-serve barbecue restaurant in the country, opens the doors to its first Nebraska location in Lincoln at 2662 Cornhusker Hwy.  

"We are excited to open the first location in Nebraska,” says franchise owner Robery Carter. “Lincoln, specifically, needs some good pit-smoked barbecue and Dickey's is the best.”

Dickey's Barbecue Pit's first Nebraska location will hold its grand opening on Friday, September 9, with a drawing to win free barbecue for a year and one dollar sandwiches throughout lunch.

The Big Mark-Up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its Consumer Price Index for 2011, forecasting that restaurant food prices would rise 3–4 percent in the year.

Quick-serve concepts across the country are dealing with the twin pressures of increased gas prices and rising food costs, and prices at several chains have already started to climb. 

In June, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a 147-unit, Dallas-based chain, publicly announced that it was raising its prices across the board by 10 percent in response to market conditions.