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We’ve been waiting all year, and it’s finally time

To start getting spooky (we’ll do it in rhyme)


We’ve got barbeque and we’ll give it away

To people who check out our posts every day!


We’ll start on a Saturday, October 19,

And post once a day ‘til we reach Halloween.


Just comment on Facebook and you, too, could win

A barbeque gift card! We’ll randomly pick.*


So keep your eyes open for Halloween treats…

We’re all so excited! See you soon! #TrickorMeat


* Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via Facebook message.

Kids, grab your grown-ups: it’s Family Time! All day long on Sunday, October 20, kids eat free with an adult meal purchase of $10 or more. Come on in for the whole family’s favorite barbeque (and stay for all the activities we’ve got planned)! No coupon needed: just tell us you’re here for Family Time and you’re all set.

Our buttermilk-marinated, hand-breaded, fried-to-order chicken tenders are out of this world, but that’s just one option—there are thousands of kid’s meal combos you can make with our menu! Try a lil’ LoLo’s sandwich with a side of collard greens… or a perfect chicken drumstick and some cool potato salad… or heck, just a big bowl of our creamy, curly mac & cheese with some fresh-cut fries on the side. It’s Family Time: you make the call!

So grab the fam and head to City Barbeque on Sunday, October 20. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

A bit of fine print: Kids eat free with adult meal purchase of $10 or more on Sunday, October 20 only. Valid for dine-in or carry-out only; not valid for orders placed online, over the phone, or via third-party delivery services. No coupon needed. Limit 10.


The company’s fifth Chicago-area location to celebrate with a week of fundraisers and events

September 26, 2019

CHICAGO—City Barbeque will open its fifth Chicagoland location on Monday, October 14. Located at 123 N. Northwest Highway, City Barbeque Park Ridge will be the company’s 45th location nationwide, and will serve up the same delicious, award-winning barbeque, homemade sides, and indulgent desserts folks have come to know and love.

Prior to opening, the new location will host a Neighborhood Party to give Park Ridge residents their first taste of City Barbeque. From 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 12, folks can swing by the joint’s parking lot for slow-smoked brisket and pulled pork sliders, a loaded mac & cheese bar, and a visit to City Barbeque’s iconic lemonade stand for some fresh, hand-muddled lemonade.

The joint will officially open on Monday, October 14; folks who visit on opening day will have the chance to draw from a mystery box of barbeque offers. Mayor Marty Maloney and the Park Ridge Chamber will help officially open Chicago’s newest City Barbeque, and 25% of the day’s sales will benefit the chamber. On Wednesday, October 16, the restaurant will raise funds for Have Dreams ( the Chicago-area nonprofit serving children, teens, and young adults impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder will receive 25% of the day’s sales.

On Saturday, October 19, City Barbeque Park Ridge will host a Grand Opening Celebration, filled with barbeque giveaways, hand-dipped candy apples, live music, face painters, balloon artists, and more. The joint will also donate 10% of the day’s sales to Park Ridge Community Fund (, a local nonprofit supporting 29 social and health service agencies in the community.

Chicago’s newest City Barbeque will also sell tumblers to support Park Ridge Community Fund in its goal to improve the quality of life in Park Ridge. Tumblers can be purchased for $5 each beginning October 14, with all profits to benefit Park Ridge Community Fund.

Follow City Barbeque on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more details on the Park Ridge joint and its opening festivities.


About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit City Barbeque at, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media contact:
Cierra Moore
Regional Marketing Manager, City Barbeque

For one week only, September 23–29, 2019, order your slow-smoked City Barbeque favorites online and enjoy free delivery, on us! We’ve partnered with DoorDash to get you your ‘que, so all you’ve gotta do is place your order online—or on your iOS or Android device!—and select “delivery” instead of “pickup.” We’ll take it from there!

Fine print (just a lil’ bit): This offer is good for orders placed (on or the City Barbeque app only) and delivered between September 23–29, 2019 from participating City Barbeque locations to addresses in delivery range. Not valid for catering orders.

The guy in the plaid shirt is Rick, our founder and CEO; the three on the right are the Barbeque Boys, the competition team Rick partnered up with. We’ve talked about all these folks before. But we’ve never really talked about our fifth founder, the one on the far left in the red apron: Frank.

That’s not to say you never met Frank. He was at every new City Barbeque opening, working with teams in his role as Director of Training. Maybe you met him while he led one of his “Romancing the ‘Que” tastings: giving you the backstory on every menu item in his big booming voice, reminding you not to fill up on bread, cheerleading while you tried to “eat through the pain.” Maybe, in the middle of a packed restaurant, he stopped to ask how you were, where you’d come from, how your day was, no matter how crowded the joint was or how long the line. You’d know him if you’d met him, for sure: he just radiated joy and positivity.

Frank Pizzo was the restaurant industry vet who came on board to help make the first City Barbeque a functional restaurant. His decades of experience weren’t in barbeque restaurants specifically, but he took to barbeque as though he’d been loading a smoker since birth. Frank came to see that barbeque wasn’t so much a way of cooking as a way to look at life, saying, “You don’t cook something for 15 or 20 hours just for yourself.” That care for others informed so much of who he was: serving on the board of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, serving Christmas Eve dinner every year at Columbus’s Faith Mission.

Frank was all about the people. His path as director of training for a barbeque restaurant couldn’t have been more perfect for him: he was so focused on community, on serving and supporting those around him, on improving just a little every day. His philosophies on taking care of people are so ingrained in City Barbeque’s company culture that it’s difficult to separate the two. More than any of us, Frank existed to serve and create happiness.

Frank passed away on July 19 after a battle with stage 4 cancer.

He will be deeply missed by thousands of folks: friends, family, coworkers, those he only met once but made an indelible impact on with his huge heart. Some of us from City Barbeque were able to see him just before he passed away; when someone told him City Barbeque wouldn’t exist if not for him, he just said, “It was always all about the people.”

If you are so moved, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in honor of Frank’s mother.

When we opened the first City Barbeque in 1999, the star of the menu was our national award–winning brisket… and when we say “national award,” we mean “first place in the American Royal World Series of Barbeque Invitational.” Twenty years (and 44 restaurants) later, we can’t think of a better way celebrate our 20th anniversary than with the brisket that started it all: for the first two weeks of August, we’re cutting prices on our fan-favorite brisket to say thanks for 20 incredible years! August 1–28 only*, enjoy brisket sandwiches for $7.49, lunch brisket sandwiches for $5.99, even brisket by the pound for $15.99.

Hand-rubbed with our signature dry rub, slow-smoked over local hickory wood for up to 18 hours, carved to order… this brisket is award-winning for a reason, and trust us when we say we’ve spent the past 20 years perfecting it. Follow your nose to your local City Barbeque joint, order up some brisket, and help us celebrate!

*A lil’ fine print: offer only valid on orders placed and fulfilled August 1–28, 2019. Valid for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery orders.