Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is slow smoking into the Texas Panhandle with three new locations slated to arrive in the Amarillo area in the next two years. The first location will open in March 2017, with the other locations to follow in the next year.

“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has deep roots in Texas, and we are proud to expand into the Texas Panhandle,” says Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. “The Dickey family looks forward to the partnership with Justin Howe to expand the barbecue brand in our home state.”

Owner and operator Justin Howe has four businesses open in the Amarillo area. Having grown up in the restaurant industry, he started out early peeling shrimp in his grandfather’s restaurant, and now co-owns two original concepts with his stepfather Gary Hutchens. The family currently owns local Amarillo hotspot Texas Tea and other local restaurants.

“I look forward to growing with Dickey’s,” Howe says. “I was attracted to the barbecue brand because of its consistency, quality, and rapid growth. I love to cook and I love barbecue, and I’m excited to begin this new venture in my hometown.”

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is expanding rapidly nationwide, with more than 560 locations in 43 states. The nation’s largest barbecue chain, Dickey’s offers a low startup cost to franchisees and ongoing marketing and training support for every store system-wide.

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