Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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.

Dickey’s Opens Third Barbecue Pit in Virginia

Dickey's Barbecue Pit launches a third location in Virginia today, as Terry and Lisa Henshaw open the largest quick-serve barbecue restaurant in the country, at 7037 A Forest Hill Ave. in Richmond.

"Opening our own restaurant is a dream of ours, while bringing Dickey's Barbecue to Richmond makes perfect sense,” franchise owner Dean Siracusa says. “The community needs great barbecue and Dickey's is the perfect fit for this area."

This is the 163rd location nationwide for the barbecue chain that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Expands in California

Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest quick-serve barbecue chain in the country, will add 23 new locations to the California market over the next year.

"The Dickey's Barbecue presence is strong in California and we are thrilled about the opportunity to expand in this market," says Roland Dickey Jr., president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants.

The Recruitment Revolution

Are young employees still interested in quick service?

Pop culture has not been kind to the quick-service industry.

From the lovable-but-dumb employees in Good Burger to the drug-addled protagonists of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, the industry is seen as a haven for dimwits, losers, and the vaguely criminal. Thousands of high school teachers threaten low-performing students by asking them, “Do you want to flip burgers for the rest of your life?”

Dickey's Plans to Add Airport Space

Dickey's Barbecue Pit has laid out initial plans to bring the family-owned and operated business to airport terminals across the country.

"The current locations in the DFW Airport allow Dickey's Barbecue Pit a platform to welcome travelers to Texas with Texas-style barbecue, and we are looking to expand these efforts," says Roland Dickey, Jr., president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants.