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We may have won a ton of awards, but we are never as honored as when families tell us that we’re “their place”: the place where the family gets together for some quality bonding time (and barbeque). We love helping you create traditions, and are so proud to be the place where so many families come to unwind and reconnect.

That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate Family Time! On Sunday, October 16, we’re giving you one more reason to plan some Family Time – kids eat free with adult meal purchase!* Just mention you’re here for Family Time (or a Family Time post on social media, or even this blog post) when ordering to redeem this special offer.

Plus, the first 50 families to come in for Family Time will also get a free Pass The Pigs game set to take home! (What’s Pass The Pigs? Only your family’s new favorite game! Trust us… it’s something the whole family can enjoy together!)

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With a joint filled with kids, Pigs, and parents—not to mention the other treats we’ve got in store—this is going to be some Family Time to remember. So grab the whole fam and come on in for some delicious ‘que. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be your family’s “Place,” too.

*Free kid’s meal with adult meal purchase of $7 or more; limit one free kid’s meal per adult meal.  Cannot be combined with other offers or rewards.

You may have heard us say we’re proud to donate 10% of our pre-tax profits to charities and non-profits in the communities we serve. That’s true: we do make those donations, and we are more than proud to do so. But maybe you’re wondering how your charity, non-profit, school, team, or club can get in on that action? It’s super simple, y’all—hold a fundraiser!

Fundraising with City Barbeque is a win-win situation. You get to enjoy the city’s best barbeque with your family and friends, and your organization gets 25% of those sales! Well, maybe it’s a win-win-win: we love doing fundraisers and giving back to our communities, so we win, too.

Wondering how to hold a fundraiser? No sweat! We do these all the time, so we’ve got the process down to a slow-smoked science. We’ll give you the tools to help you meet your fundraising goals: flyers to distribute & best tips on how to get the word out.

Visit our fundraising page to learn more. There you’ll find our guidelines, an application, and examples of groups in your community that are already sharing the love with the help of City Barbeque. We want to add you to the list—schedule your fundraising date now!

Eat Chicken, Fight Cancer!

September 19, 2016

What has one leg, one thigh, one breast, one wing, and fights cancer? A half chicken sold during Quetoberfest! For the next two weeks*, we’re donating $1 from the sale of every hickory-smoked half chicken to the American Cancer Society… we’re making it easy (and delicious!) to join in the fight against cancer!

We’ll also be offering a special limited-edition Quetoberfrest pint glass for $3, or order one filled with your favorite beer for $5, and we’ll donate another $1 to the American Cancer Society! If you’re interested in getting a glass, be sure to stop in your local joint soon – we only have a limited supply & they’re gonna go quick!

The Quetoberfest-ivities end October 2nd, so grab your dirdl and lederhosen and get on down to City Barbeque. We’re excited for you to see the surprises we’ve got in store!

PS: Hit your limit on half chickens and craft beer and Quetoberfest’s still going strong? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Try our signature smoked Texas sausage topped with grilled green peppers and onions for that Wiesn vibe. #ProTip

*Quetoberfest fundraiser starts Monday, September 19 and runs through October 2nd.

Be a Tailgate MVP!

September 8, 2016

There’s no nip in the air quite yet, but the calendar doesn’t lie: we are only days away from the start of football season. Football means tailgating which also means barbeque (although to us, barbeque is year-round), and we’re proud to be your tailgating advisors! Here are our top five tailgating tips:

  • Start setting up early—everyone knows it’s bad luck if you’re still doing party prep during the coin toss (probably). Order online or call ahead to skip the line.
  • Finger food is a must! No one wants to wrangle a plate, fork, knife, and napkin—and it’s hard to do the wave (or Surrender Cobra) when your hands are full. Be prepared with a pulled pork slider pack or double-smoked brisket taqos and keep a hand free for high-fives!
    • We know that sometimes you want to go above and beyond (show-off!) and we have you covered for that too. Party Packs or our catering experts can give you the full spread and help you earn the MVH (Most Valuable Host) title.
  • Remember to bring extra: ice, chairs, sunscreen, trash bags, extension cords, and the most important – brisket!
  • Take a tip from your favorite City Barbeque joint and stash your condiments in an empty six-pack holder for easy transportation and handling.
  • Keep everyone hydrated: while some folks may be enjoying a cold one, you don’t want the under-21 crowd to go thirsty. Add a case of old-fashioned sodas to your order and wash down the accolades with an ice-cold Cheerwine. You’ve earned it!

Go Bananas!

August 29, 2016

The grocery stores may be jumping ahead to fall with pumpkin-flavored everything, but we’re still holding on to summer—and celebrating the season with our new banana pudding! Our classic banana pudding, still chock-full of fresh bananas and vanilla wafers, is scooped into a caramel-drizzled parfait cup, topped with homemade whipped cream, loaded up with a ‘nilla wafer crumble, and drizzled with even more caramel sauce. You may have seen this one on our Instagram story last week—you are following us on Instagram, right?

Just when you thought our banana pudding couldn’t get any more scrumptious… #MindBlown

Head in to your local joint and grab a new banana pudding today! We recommend enjoying it on the patio for a peak end-of-summer experience. The perfect mid-day snack!

Columbus, Ohio – June 29, 2016 – City Barbeque, a high-growth, fast-casual restaurant company focused on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque, is proud to announce a new financial partnership with Freeman Spogli & Co., a leading private equity investment firm. “This is an exciting moment in our company’s history,” said Rick Malir, founder of City Barbeque. “This partnership allows us to take City Barbeque to new places, give our amazing employees additional opportunities to grow, and bring smiles to new guests and raving fans across the country.”

City Barbeque was founded in 1999 by Rick Malir and a team of barbeque enthusiasts who won the American Royal Invitational for the best brisket in the country. From its humble beginnings in a renovated donut shop in Upper Arlington, Ohio, to its 26th restaurant which recently opened in Durham, North Carolina, City Barbeque has established itself as one of the nation’s best barbeque restaurants.

“City Barbeque possesses the exact qualities Freeman Spogli looks for in a restaurant partner,” said Brad Brutocao, a Partner at Freeman Spogli. “The company has craveable food, a passionate management team, an impressive culture of hospitality, and a loyal fan base in each of its markets. We have been interested in City Barbeque for several years, and we are enthusiastic about partnering with Rick and his team during this exciting phase of growth for the company.”

“The same friendly teams will continue bringing you the food and service you have come to expect,” said Rick Malir. “Our partnership with Freeman Spogli will allow us to bring City Barbeque to new markets, explore and generate new insights for the company, and leverage their team’s deep experience in the restaurant space as we chart our exciting path into the future.”

BMO Capital Markets Corp. acted as exclusive financial advisor to City Barbeque. Ice Miller LLP provided legal counsel to City Barbeque and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provided legal counsel to Freeman Spogli.

About City Barbeque
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, City Barbeque is a highgrowth, fast-casual restaurant company focused on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque. The company operates 26 company-owned restaurants across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina in addition to two legacy franchise locations in Ohio. City Barbeque provides competition-quality barbeque and has more than 100 certified barbeque judges on staff. The company’s commitment to quality requires meats to be slow-smoked on site, sandwiches trimmed to order, and sides and desserts made from scratch in the restaurant. Served in a fast-casual format, guests can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed indoor and outdoor environment. City Barbeque also offers full-service catering for weddings, company picnics, large parties, and other events. City Barbeque and its management team believe that great barbeque is not just about food, but also about community. The company was founded on the commitment of investing in the communities it serves, which it upholds through numerous partnerships with non-profits and local charities.

About Freeman Spogli & Co.
Freeman Spogli & Co. is a private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in consumer-related and distribution companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1983, Freeman Spogli has invested over $3.7 billion in 55 portfolio companies with aggregate transaction value of approximately $21 billion, and is currently making investments from FS Equity Partners VII, L.P. Freeman Spogli has offices in Los Angeles and New York. For additional information, visit