Giddy Up Knoxville! Air Force Veteran Opens Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Thursday

March 17, 2015 // // Knoxville, TN - Knoxville is getting a new barbecue option on Thursday, March 19 at 11 a.m., when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opens their first location to the area with a three day grand opening. Local owner, Anthony Hayes served 25 years active duty in the United States Air Force before deciding it was time to pursue a new career in the barbecue business.

“Veterans are so good for our brand and make wonderful owners,” said Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “They’ve served our country and now want an opportunity to own their own business – it’s a great match.”

Three-day grand opening party includes:

  • Thursday, guests get a deal when the first 50 guests get gift cards worth up to $50.
  • Friday, radio station Q 100.3 will be on-site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. One lucky winner receives a $500 gift card and three winners receive free barbecue for an entire year. Guests can feed their cravings with $2 pulled pork sandwiches.
  • Saturday, guests can grab t-shirts, sunglasses and more.

“My love for slow smoking meats is what attracted me to owning a Dickey’s Barbecue franchise and besides who wouldn’t want to barbecue for a living?” said first time owner, Anthony Hayes. “My wife Angela and I have been married for 24 years and I’m looking forward to working with her and building our business together.”

The location in Knoxville is located in the Turkey Creek Shopping Complex at 11483 Parkside Drive, Suite 202 and the number is 865.675.8227. Follow along on Facebook.

About Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, "We Speak Barbecue." The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids' meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to over 400 locations in 40 states. This year Dickey's Barbecue was recognized for the third year by Nation's Restaurant News as a "Top 10 Growth Chain" and by Technomic as the "Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country." For more information, visit or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866-340-6188.

SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

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