DALLAS - June 15, 2017 // PRNewswire // - Husband and wife entrepreneurial duo Jonathan and Grace Darko recently inked a development agreement with Dickey's Barbecue Pit for two new locations in the fast casual chain's hometown area, Dallas. Their first location is scheduled to open in Grapevine, Texas in January, 2018, with another location in Frisco to follow.
Jonathan and Grace are established in the accounting and healthcare industries, respectively, and are both seasoned entrepreneurs. They are confident their years of diversified work experience have prepared them to succeed in the fast casual industry and are each going back to their roots in their own way with this new venture. Jonathan, originally from Ghana, is the son of the "Poultry King" of his region and spent years in the family chicken business, while Grace has extensive business ownership experience and an MBA.
"I was drawn to Dickey's by the way they pit smoke their meats," said Jonathan. "The pit smoking process creates flavorful, juicy meat, and you also get the efficiency and precision at Dickey's that you don't get at other barbecue places. We knew it would continue to do well in Texas, because everybody here likes barbecue!"
"The whole concept we have a passion for, from the food to the business model," said Grace. "The Dickey's corporate team has been very friendly and helpful, both in educating us about the business and assisting us in setting up our first location."
The couple looks forward to the openings of their Texas locations. Their dream is to one day be the first Owner/Operators to expand the brand internationally in Africa and introduce their home country of Ghana to authentic, Texas-style barbecue.
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Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and home style sides with 'No B.S. (Bad Stuff)' included. The fast-casual concept has expanded to nearly 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey's won first place on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list. Dickey's Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, and Nation's Restaurant News. For more information on Dickey's awards, visit www.dickeys.com.
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