SEEKONK, Mass., Jan. 20, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest, fastest growing barbecue chain in the country, well-known for their hot, pit-smoked meats, free ice cream, and big yellow cups —has now opened its first Massachusetts location.
The Dickey's franchise location in Massachusetts is owned by Douglas Comolli.
"Barbecue is an underserved niche in Massachusetts, and there is a lot of excitement about bringing Dickey's here," Franchise Owner Douglas Comolli said.
The store is located at 20 Commerce Way in Seekonk.
General Manager LA Fagioli said food has always been her passion and being a part of Dickey's in Seekonk has been a very rewarding experience so far.
"At Dickey's we are passionate about the art of great barbecue," she said. "That is why I am here, to bring something truly unique to this area. And we have been very successful, because our food is delicious. Our ribs are off the hook and our brisket and pulled pork will melt in your mouth."
The General Manager said not only are their customers impressed with their dishes, they are relieved.
"We have been told by more than one guest that we are welcomed oasis on the vast desert of Seekonk eateries," she said, laughing.
Dickey's is growing at a rapid pace, now with 139 locations and 60 set to open in 2011 so far.
The company's annual growth rate over the past two years has averaged 35 percent, according to company officials.
Dickey's firmly believes it can set the standard in barbecue by continuing to roll out a national footprint.
"We are so excited to be a part of the community and will be participating in numerous events from The Taste of the Town at Johnson &Wales University, to partnering with local schools for charity events such as our One Enchanted Evening with the Holy Trinity School," according to Comolli.
The location has also signed on to sponsor the local minor league baseball team, The Pawsox, as well as being a race car sponsor the Seekonk Speedway.
"Another advantage of Dickey's in Seekonk is the convenience it offers customers," the owner said.
"Customers can enjoy a hot meal and easily be out the door in less than 30 minutes, without sacrificing quality," he said, smiling. "I am just so excited to share great barbecue with the state."
It seems all of Dickey's owners share Comolli's enthusiasm.
"We have so many new Owner/Operators who are investing with us. In this economy, we are glad people trust us for success. It is a great feeling to help people stand on their own two feet and become their own boss," President of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Roland Dickey, Jr. said.
With the unemployment rate at a frightening high, Dickey's and their entrepreneurial partners are offering jobs to many and expanding when other businesses are shutting down.
"Dickey's will be a great asset to the area's economy," Comolli said.
According to Dickey, this is the case in many economies nationwide.
"Our progress is surprising to a lot of folks, but it makes sense to us. People want to get out of the rat race," Dickey said. "In turn, these new stores are employing hundreds of people who otherwise would be on unemployment."
The first Dickey's Barbecue opened in 1941 in Dallas, TX.
The original location is still open for business and Dickey's Barbecue is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family.
Even today, Dickey's still slow smokes all of their signature meats overnight in every restaurant.
Committed to exceptional quality at a great value, Dickey's Barbecue is unlike anything in the area, according to Comolli.
SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Pit