Dickey's Barbecue Pit is an American family-owned barbecue restaurant chain based in Dallas, Texas,[3][4][5][6] and is a subsidiary of Dickey's Capital Group.

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Company typePrivate
IndustryRestaurant chain
GenreFast Casual
Founded1941; 83 years ago (1941)
Dallas, Texas
FounderTravis Dickey
Number of locations
457 (May 2020)[1]
Area served
Key people
Laura Rea Dickey CEO
Jay Rooney CFO[2]
Renee Roozen CAO
ProductsSlow smoked meats, such as beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, Polish sausage, and various types of side dishes
RevenueIncrease US$322 million (2019)[1]
OwnersDickey family
Number of employees
4,765[1] (2019)
ParentDickey's Capital Group

Since Travis Dickey established the restaurant in 1941,[7] it has become the largest barbecue franchise in the United States & Worldwide.[8]

History edit

In 1941, Travis Dickey founded Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas (Original location: 4610 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX, which is still in operation as of 2017[9]). The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[10][11] Roland Dickey Jr. was appointed CEO of the restaurant chain in 2006.[12] Technomic named Dickey's Barbecue Pit the "Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country" in 2012.[13] That year, QSR Magazine included Dickey's Barbecue Pit on its list of "Best Franchise Deals."[14]

Dickey's Barbecue Pit established its Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation (Now The Dickey Foundation[15]), a charity foundation for law enforcement officers and firefighters, in November 2014.[16] Fast Casual included the restaurant on its list of "Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Restaurants" in May 2014.[17]

In 2015, Ernst & Young recognized Roland Dickey Jr. as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Winner in the Southwest Region.[18]

In 2017, Laura Rea Dickey was named chief executive officer of Dickey's Barbecue Pit. She managed under the umbrella of Dickey's Capital Group, the parent company of Dickey's Barbecue Pit brand.[19]

In 2018, the company opened its first international location at the Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[20] This location resulted from a franchising deal with operator Serenity Hospitality, based in Abu Dhabi. In a collaborative effort, the company and Dickey's customized its menu for locals, adding offerings such as smoked lamb and beef sausages.[21] The second international location opened in Dubai in March 2019.[22][23]

The first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Singapore opened in its Central Business District in March 2021. The franchise is a ghost kitchen concept in the Central Kitchen Co., a contactless food court across from the city's Cross Street Exchange.[24]

In April 2021, the chain expanded to Japan, starting in Tokyo, with plans to open a restaurant in every major city in the country.[25] The Tokyo restaurant is located in the Kamiosaki District of Shinagawa-ku and offers limited dine-in seating as well as takeout and third-party delivery. It will be operated by the Japan Barbecue Franchise Company's owner, Sunsheng (Jason) Lin.[26]

In April 2022, the chain expanded into Canada, starting in Edmonton, Alberta. The restaurant offers a wide variety of Halal options and is owned by local entrepreneurs Mohammed Hussain and Sadia Khan.[27]

Key people edit

Operations edit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a fast-casual restaurant that serves beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, Polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, hot link, and chicken.[10][28] The restaurant chain smokes its meat on-site over wood-burning hickory pits.[29] Additionally, Dickey's Barbecue Pit serves home-style sides including fried okra, jalapeño beans, green beans with bacon, waffle iron fries, barbecue beans, Caesar or garden salad, macaroni and cheese, corn on cob, and onion tanglers.[29] The same recipes have been used since the restaurant was established in 1941.[29]

Franchising edit

The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[10] By January 2017, Dickey's Barbecue Pit Franchise had more than 483 restaurant locations in 43 states.[30] The restaurant hosts "Barbecue U," an intensive, three-week session for franchise owners and operators.[12] Dickey's Barbecue Pit customizes franchise restaurants based on location.

Dickey's differentiates its franchise from other restaurant franchise companies by offering what it calls "six revenue streams", listing them as: Dine-In, Catering, Online Ordering, Outside Delivery, Retail Items, and Holiday Meals.[31]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Find your local Dickey's Barbecue Pit location". Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  2. ^ a b Luna, Nancy (Mar 27, 2019). "Dickey's promotes Jay Rooney to new CFO role". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Godin, Eileen (November 20, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit makes mouths water in Plains Township". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Sorich, Sonya (January 7, 2015). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Rocklin restaurant". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Tanyeri, Dana. "Q&A with Richard Phillips, Vice President of Development, Dickey's Barbecue Pit". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Abril, Danielle (January 23, 2014). "Dickey's to open 100 locations in southern California". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Lincoln's fourth Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Thursday". February 18, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Brings in Record Thanksgiving Sales". December 14, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit Calls For Artwork Submissions to Be Featured as a Mural on Original Location". November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  10. ^ a b c Brown, Andrea (May 30, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit does brisket, smoked meats right". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Spaeth, Merrie. "Dickey's Texas Barbecue Aims to Conquer the Country". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Maze, Jonathan (July 22, 2013). "Technomic: 2012 Was A Good Year For Restaurants". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  14. ^ Smith, Daniel P. (July 2012). "2012's Best Franchise Deals". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "The Dickey Foundation".
  16. ^ "Dickey's New Charity Benefits Police Officers, Firefighters". February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  17. ^ "Top 100: Restaurants – Dickey's Barbecue Pit". February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  18. ^ "Dickey's CEO named Southwest Region Entrepreneur Of The Year". July 2, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "Dickey's Reorganizes Executive Team". Nation's Restaurant News. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit now open at Yas Mall". Abu Dhabi Confidential. October 22, 2018.
  21. ^ Innovates, Dallas (2018-10-31). "O Canada: Dallas-Based Dickey's Barbecue Pit is Going Global » Dallas Innovates". Dallas Innovates. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  22. ^ "Dickey's to open four more Dubai stores in 2019". Caterer Middle East. Dec 24, 2018. Archived from the original on 2019-05-11. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  23. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens second Dubai location". www.fastcasual.com. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  24. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Opens in Singapore". QSR magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  25. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit Makes its Highly Anticipated Japan Debut". Restaurant News. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  26. ^ "Dickey's plants flag in Japan". www.fastcasual.com. 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  27. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit to open first Canada location". Verdict Food Service. 2022-04-19. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  28. ^ Freedman, Brian (July 16, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit, or, when local chefs do great things to national chains". Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  29. ^ a b c Foster, Drew (August 26, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens in Kennewick Aug. 28". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  30. ^ Ruggless, Ron (January 24, 2017). "The Power List 2017: Roland Dickey Jr". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  31. ^ "Dickey's BBQ Franchise". June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.

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