Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Texas Native Brings Dickey's to Palm Springs

Rodney Harper has been eating Dickey's Barbecue Pit since he was a little kid, and now at the age of 61, he'll bring a barbecue tradition to Palm Springs, California. The first Dickey's Barbecue location in Palm Springs opens on February 12 at 11 a.m. with a three-day grand opening.

"It's exciting to see our restaurants open in new locations like Palm Springs," says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "Rodney, who grew up eating Dickey's Barbecue, and now owns his own restaurant, speaks to the passion our fans have for our brand."


Dickey’s New Charity Benefits Police Officers, Firefighters

The launch of a new product line is a noteworthy event for any quick-serve. But for Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, its new potato chips are a mere side item to a meatier rollout: a foundation to benefit law enforcement officers and firefighters.

“Let’s coincide the potato chips with our Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation and take a percentage of the proceeds with the potato chips—basically our profits—and donate that back to the charity,” says CEO Roland Dickey, Jr.

TNT Show Contestant Develops Dickey's New LTO

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is giving guests a taste of TNT’s “On the Menu” with its new limited-edition menu item, Stampede Stew. The fast-casual restaurant chain known for slow-smoked Texas barbecue is unveiling the signature dish created by Atlanta resident Sarah Broadus. Broadus brought the heat in the broadcast cooking competition starring Emeril Lagasse and Ty Pennington by winning the prize of being featured on the menu at participating Dickey’s Barbecue locations.

Dickey's Takes On TV with TNT's New Series

TNT unveiled the 10 restaurant chains that have signed on for the first season of “On the Menu,” the network's new cooking competition show. Host Ty Pennington and chef Emeril Lagasse headline the series in which everyday cooks will vie for the chance to have their own dishes served in major restaurant chains across the country. “On the Menu” is set to premiere on TNT Friday, October 3, at 8 p.m.

Roland Dickey Makes Pit Stop at Dickey’s for Event

Roland Dickey Sr., barbecue expert and chairman of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, is stopping by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Overland Park, Kansas, on Friday, August 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a customer appreciation event. Dickey will give out 100 free autographed copies of his new cookbook, Mr. Dickey’s Barbecue Cookbook, just in time for Labor Day parties.

Dickey’s Barbecue Names First Chief Operations Officer

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant Inc. named Andy Abbajay its new chief operations officer. Employing multiple touch points, additional support layers, and a collaborative leadership style, Abbajay will lead the brand as it closes in on its 500th restaurant opening and the brand’s eventual international expansion.

Boom Town

North Dakota’s economic growth a unique opportunity for quick-serve brands.
Quick service companies expand to North Dakota to capitalize on growth.
North Dakota's 7.6 percent population jump since 2010 has been fueled by hydrautic fracturing.

Economic booms are nothing new to regional American economies. From the Gold Rush in California to the post–Industrial Age coal fields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, history shows that workers and businesses have long rushed to parts of the country where valuable resources were discovered.

Now it’s North Dakota’s turn. The identification of a major oil field in the western part of the state led to a boom that’s created thousands of new jobs in the past five years. And businesses, including quick-service restaurant operators, are cashing in.

Mississippi-Based Little Caesars Operators to Open Dickey’s

Marty Ballard and Jason Ellis

Marty Ballard and Jason Ellis have similar stories. They were both born in Mississippi and got their start at Pepsi in Tupelo. Following their time at Pepsi, they both went to work with the Little Caesars franchise. Ballard and Ellis will continue working together when they open their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Tupelo on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

Dickey’s to Hold Guest Event for Flood Relief Fundraising

In an effort to help with local flood relief, all Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, area will be donating 5 percent of sales from Friday to Sunday to area flood relief. On Friday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., chairman Roland Dickey will be at the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Plymouth handing out 100 free autographed copies of his new cookbook, Mr. Dickey’s Barbecue Cookbook. This location will also be awarding one lucky guest free barbecue for a year.

Dickey's Debuts Chips to Benefit Veterans

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., is introducing a new line of proprietary potato chips with the motto “Eat chips. Help veterans.”  A portion of the proceeds from the chips will go to Hope for the Brave, an organization focused on increasing services for veterans and their families as they transition from combat to civilian life.