Dickey's Barbecue Pit Family Business Extends Beyond the Dickey Family

The Smith family have been Dickey's franchise owners since 1994

DALLAS - Jan. 24, 2017 // PRNewswire // - In 1994, for the first time since opening, Dickey's Barbecue Pit began to incorporate new families into the Dickey's family business by opening one of the first franchised locations with Frank Smith. In the 75 years of Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the Smith family owns one of the largest number of Dickey's locations with plans to continue growth.

After seeing an advertisement for franchising opportunities in the Dallas Morning News, Frank Smith immediately wanted to become a part of the Dickey's team because of his love for authentic, slow-smoked barbecue. Frank Smith met with Roland Dickey, Sr. and T.D. Dickey, sons to Dickey's Barbecue Pit founder Travis Dickey, to learn more about the opportunity and never looked back.

After opening multiple Dickey's locations with his son and putting his heart and soul into the business, he sold his locations to his son Dale Smith in 2008. Since then, Dale has become the sole owner of six Dickey's location across north Texas and is known and respected by current owners as one of the Dickey's Barbecue Pit originals.

"Dickey's Barbecue Pit has been a part of our family since I can remember and I am proud to continue the tradition with my family today," says Dale Smith. "I have seen Dickey's grow from ten locations to nearly 600 locations nationwide and I have proud to been a part of it every step of the way."

Smith attributes his success with Dickey's Barbecue Pit to the commitment of the brand to constantly stay true to their roots by only serving the most delicious, authentic barbecue across the nation.

"Growing up I heard my father talk about the Smith family and their dedication to the Dickey's Barbecue Pit brand, and it has been a great pleasure to have the opportunity to work closely with Dale," says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey's Capital Group. "Dickey's is a family business and we continue to grow with amazing Owner/Operators such as the Smiths, whom we consider family."

To learn more about joining the Dickey's Barbecue Pit family, go to www.dickeys.com/franchise or call 866-340-6188.

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. All meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant which is why at Dickey's, "We Speak Barbecue." The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, savory sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids' meals every Sunday. The brand has expanded to 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey's won first place on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" and ranked in the top ten of Franchise Times' "Fast and Serious." Dickey's Barbecue Pit 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 www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

SOURCE Dickey's Barbecue

Media Contact:

Michelle George
mgeorge@dickeys.com

Callie Head
chead@dickeys.com

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