Dickey's Barbecue Pit Sweeps Minnesota

Country's Fastest Growing Barbecue Chain Continues Growth into Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., May 3, 2011 // PRNewswire // -- On the heels of three grand openings in the Minneapolis area, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the largest quick-serve barbecue chain in the country, continues to grow as David Brooks signs on to open a Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Bloomington, Minnesota.

This is the fourth Dickey's franchise opportunity for David Brooks, a Minnetonka resident, and the first franchise for Bloomington. There are seven Dickey's Barbecue Pit locations currently operating in Minnesota.

"We are so thrilled Dickey's is expanding to Bloomington. There was such a positive response in the Minnesota community that we look forward to building the Dickey's presence in the area," President of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Roland Dickey, Jr. said. "As our company grows, we grow as a family. This is another great opportunity for David and for the company."

Texas-based Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened in 1941 and began franchising in 1994. Dickey's Barbecue Pit is well-known for their hot pit-smoked signature meats, complimentary ice cream and the big yellow cups.

Owner/Operator Brooks said the franchise's quality barbecue and down-home feel is a great fit for the people of Bloomington.

"I love barbecue and there's no competition for quick-serve home-style cooking. Minnesotans have not traditionally had access to barbecue and so they are very receptive and grateful to Dickey's Barbecue Pit," Brooks said.

Dickey's recently partnered with Children's Cancer Research Fund, headquartered in Minneapolis.

Many franchise owner/operators are men and women new to the restaurant business, but Dickey's business model is structured for success.

"Dickey's Barbecue Pit has a great business structure where any area in the country can enjoy the flavor of Texas-style barbecue without busting the budget. I am anxious to get started with this new location," the new Owner/Operator said.

This seems to be the sentiment of all Dickey's owner/operators. The preparation prior to opening a Dickey's franchise is extensive, ensuring that everyone is thoroughly prepared to hit the ground running.

"We have so many new franchise owners who are investing with us. With this economy, we are glad people trust us for success and we certainly don't take that for granted. Their victory is our victory and we plan on only moving forward," Dickey said.

With unemployment at a steadily high rate, Dickey's and their entrepreneurial partners are expanding while other businesses continue to struggle.

"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 original Dallas location is still open for business and Dickey's Barbecue Pit is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family.

There are 147 locations in 33 states.

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 a great match for the Bloomington area, according to Brooks.

More information on Dickey's Barbecue Pit is available at www.dickeys.com. Franchising information is available at 866-340-6188.

Media Contact: Amy Vercher 972-248-9899 avercher@dickeys.com



SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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