Billy Sims Barbecue Opens Coweta, Oklahoma Location Amid CoVid-19 Crisis with Great Success
Community Support in Coweta, Ok has led to a successful Drive-Thru Only Opening
April 24, 2020 // Franchising.com // Tulsa, OK - Billy Sims Barbecue has opened their newest location in Coweta, Oklahoma amid the CoVid-19 pandemic with an outpouring of support from the local community.
“The location had originally planned to open pre-pandemic,” says Jeff Jackson, founder and CEO of Billy Sims Barbecue, “However, with a strong team, new drive thru and careful planning we opened the store Friday, April 17th and have seen tremendous success in this revised opening. The city of Coweta and surrounding areas have come out to show their support during this unprecedented time and we are thrilled to a part of this community and we are looking forward to a Grand Opening celebration with Billy Sims in attendance when it is possible.”
"Opening the new Coweta location, especially during unprecedented times with such success and support is something I'm very excited about," Sims says. "We've got a fun, family oriented, tailgate kind of atmosphere here and some of the tastiest and most tender brisket and ribs around. It's truly a celebration of good food and good football – a place to kick back and enjoy yourself."
The Coweta location is expected to open its dining room sometime in May in accordance with local and state guidelines. Local franchisee, Ryan Gray is excited to open in the Coweta market, “The local officials and residents of Coweta have shown us a lot of support, and their enthusiasm motivated us to go ahead and open this new location during this time even though we were not able to have the dining room open for business. They have been incredible, and we are looking forward to being a continued partner in the local community.”
“With a brand as strong as Billy Sims BBQ, we have an incredible opportunity to test these new smaller-store formats while investing in technology such as online ordering and curbside delivery that is already available our restaurants,” said Jackson. “We are continuously working to meet the changing needs of our guests who have a strong loyalty to our unique, mouthwatering meats that are smoked on-site every day, our fresh sides and homestyle desserts.”
Billy Sims Barbecue offers nine kinds of smoked meats — brisket (sliced and chopped), pulled pork, chicken breast, turkey breast, hot links, Polish sausage, bologna and ribs — as well as sides ranging from baked beans and baked potatoes to smoked corn on the cob and coleslaw. Billy Sims Barbecue has a simple, family-oriented, neighborhood feel — with prices to match.
Named a Franchisee Satisfaction Award Winner by Franchise Business Review and a Future 50 fastest-growing small chain restaurant in 2015 by Restaurant Business, Billy Sims BBQ is consistently ranked highly by franchisees for its leadership, training and operations support, financial performance and general satisfaction. For more information on Billy Sims BBQ, visit www.billysimsbbq.com.
About Billy Sims
Billy Sims is an accomplished athlete and successful entrepreneur whose career highlights include numerous high school, collegiate and professional records that still stand today. Under the guidance of Coach Barry Switzer at the University of Oklahoma, Sims was the national leading rusher and scorer and was also the recipient of the coveted Heisman Trophy. Sims entered the NFL draft in 1980 and was the number one overall draft pick going to the Detroit Lions. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year and contributed to a winning 9-7 season for the Lions versus a 2-14 season the year prior. Sims would ultimately retire from professional football in 1985.
About Billy Sims Barbecue
Celebrating its 15th year, Billy Sims Barbecue is a 40+unit, Tulsa-based fast casual concept serving premium barbecue and traditional sides. Founded by 1978 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims, and entrepreneur and retail expert Jeff Jackson, Billy Sims Barbecue is the third largest fast casual style barbecue restaurant in the U.S. Operating in six states, the Billy Sims Barbecue franchise system continues to grow at a steady pace and is actively seeking franchises for multi-unit deals in states throughout the country.
For more information, visit: www.billysimsbbq.com or www.facebook.com/billysimsbbq.
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