Shane's Rib Shack

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Shane's Breaks Ground in Alabama


Shane’s Rib Shack, a Petrus Brands company and the country’s fast-casual barbecue concept leader with 66 restaurants in 12 states, announced the grand opening of its first restaurant in the state of Alabama. 

The first Alabama Shane’s will open in Birmingham, on Friday, April 15, 2011, and is owned by Birmingham natives Carl Hess (CEO) and Ron Woodis (COO) of the Restaurant Collective, which owns the franchising rights to develop Shane’s restaurants in Alabama and Mississippi. 

Shane's is Going Gluten-Free on QVC

Shane’s Rib Shack’s founder and president, Shane Thompson, is scheduled to appear on QVC during its new gluten-free culinary broadcast Eating Gluten Free – Food & Cookbooks on March 23 at 4 p.m. EDT. Gluten-free hickory-smoked ribs made from Shane’s original recipe will be offered nationwide through QVC and for approximately $67. The package (QVC Item No. M25172) includes four 1-pound slabs of precooked ribs, a full-size bottle of Shane’s Original gluten-free BBQ sauce, and three make-at-home sauce recipes taken from “The Shane Family Grill Book.”

Shane's Rib Shack's Giving Some TLC

Shane’s Rib Shack, a Petrus Brands company, is launching their “Tender Loving Chicken” television ad campaign. The campaign will feature their white meat chicken tendersserved either hand-breaded and fried or flame-grilled—as well as smoked chicken wings, BBQ chicken, half chicken, smoked chicken salad, and fresh salads.

The “Tender Loving Chicken” ad campaign was developed to broaden menu awareness and created by Innovative Advertising, based in Covington, Louisiana. The campaign includes a multi-market cable television advertising media buy.