Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. continues to expand nationwide with a development agreement recently signed for five additional stores in the state of Washington. The new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit stores will be located throughout eastern Washington in the Spokane region. Owner-operator Mark Engberson has partnered with Palouse Restaurant Group to open the five new stores. Together the group owns a variety of fast casual and quick-serve concepts including Carl’s Jr., Subway, Wingstop, and more. With more than 80 years of combined experience in franchise foodservice, they have the skill and expertise backed by a national brand to deliver quality, slow-smoked barbecue to their communities.

"We were ready to diversify our portfolio and after speaking to other Dickey’s owner-operators, we knew it was the right choice,” Engberson says. “With hard work, delicious, quality food, and community spirit, we plan to earn our guest’s loyalty and we look forward to bringing Texas barbecue with a side of Southern hospitality to our community.” Already Engberson’s store in Spokane has won first place in the “Best of Spokane 2015” barbecue division. The store’s team will receive the award at the October 16 event located at the Lincoln Center.

The Pacific Northwest is one of several hot markets for the barbecue chain. With many development agreements in the works from Florida to California, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is truly a bicoastal brand. Franchisees have distinct benefits, which Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. has become known for, including hands-on training, community marketing support, and low franchise fees.

“The residents of Spokane got their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit more than two years ago, and since then our authentic slow-smoked Texas barbecue has been very well received,” says Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant’s Inc. “We congratulate Mark and the team at Palouse Restaurant Group and can’t wait to help them get started on their new stores.”

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