Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. For the past 79 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations across the nation have served guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ At Dickey’s, all our barbecued meats are smoked on-site in a hickory wood burning pit for up to 14 hours. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with 'No B.S. (Bad Stuff)' included, such as nitrate free sausage and antibiotic free chicken. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide and includes over 500 locations in 44 states. Dickey’s opened its first international locations in 2018 in the UAE and will continue international expansion in 2019 with locations in Brazil, Georgia and Egypt.
Dickey’s is lead by the third generation of the Dickey family. Laura Rea Dickey serves as CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. and Spark Hospitality Technology, Inc. Roland Dickey, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Dickey’s Capital Group, the holding company of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. The grandson of the company’s founder, Dickey, Jr. began working for the family brand in 1999 and transitioned into his current leadership role in 2016. Dickey, Jr, now oversees the Dickey Family portfolio of businesses, which include retail products, manufacturers, real estate, metal fabrication and distribution companies. Roland and Laura have been married for 13 years.
Dickey’s secured a spot on Nation’s Restaurant News “Top 200 Restaurant” list in 2019 and was named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2018. Dickey’s accolades also include recognition on CNBC’s 2015 “Fastest Growing Restaurants” list and Franchise Help’s 2019 Most Established Brand list. In 2016, Dickey's was named number one on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" list and has been a recognized brand on the list every year since. Dickey's Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, QSR Magazine, Forbes Magazine and Nation's Restaurant News. USA Today named Dickey’s second on their 2019 reader’s choice ranking of favorite fast casual restaurants.
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