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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 www.freemanspogli.com.

  • City Barbeque citybbq.com / www.citybbqshop.com
    Buy Dad a $30 gift card and we’ll give YOU a free pulled pork sandwich, now through Father’s Day (click here for details)!  And don’t forget to check out our online shop where we have hats, a variety of shirts and our award-winning sauces available to ship to Dad!

    •  Keep reading to find out how you can win Dad a smoker (or awesome City Barbeque swag)!
  • Cliff Original https://clifforiginal.com/
    Cliff Original is based in Columbus, OH (our hometown – woohoo!) and they offer tons of great grooming products to keep your dad looking so fresh and so clean. Our personal fave? The Beard Care Dopp Kit which includes everything your dad needs for his daily manscaping routine. BONUS – Cliff donates 10% of profits back to charities in the Columbus community each year… high five, Cliff!
  • Wood Chip Kit by Meadow Lark Woods http://etsy.me/1UqBMb6
    These unique Gourmet Wood Chips are the perfect gift for the BBQing Dad! They are crafted by a father and his two sons (after school, of course) and are sold on Etsy. These perfectly chopped wood chips will help unlock unique flavors in your home prepared meats!
  • Giant Head Cutout http://etsy.me/1sywR1B
    Order a giant head cutout of yourself and force your dad to bring it to every event you can’t be a part of. Dad gets to view an enlarged version of his greatest creation (you), and you get the recognition you deserve for being a fantastic child. Win/win. (Okay, okay, we just think this is hilarious… but if you buy one for Dad, please send us a pic – we might even reward you with free bbq because you’re awesome!)
  • At Home Brewing Kit by the Brewer’s Market http://etsy.me/28pV0YL
    Does your dad enjoy the occasional cold one? Surprise him with this at home brewing kit, available now on Etsy! This gallon growler & home beer crafting pack from Brewers Market is the perfect DIY gift for dad. There are a variety of options to choose from, so your dad can get his brew on.
  • Smoker http://amzn.to/1XLfpnP
    Is your Dad a self-proclaimed grill master? Let’s make him a SMOKER master! Want to win this combination Offset Smoker, BBQ & Charcoal Grill for your Dad and have it delivered just in time for Father’s day? Here’s how:

    • Comment on our Father’s Day Gift Guide Facebook post and let us know why your Dad rocks! Feel free to tag your dad to give him a shout out and make his day.
    • Contest runs June 10-15, all winners will be randomly selected and notified via FB at 2PM on June 15th.
    • One Grand Prize winner will receive the Char-Broil Smoker. Smoker will be shipped and arrive by no later than Sunday, June 19th. Just in time for Father’s Day!
    • 1 Runner Up will receive a $50 City Barbeque gift card to use in any of our 26 joints.
    • 1 Runner Up will receive a $50 credit to our Online Shop!

This June, our Loyalty Members get $2 for referring new folks to our Loyalty Program because we believe sharing is caring (and in this case, delicious too)!

Loyalty Members get $2 for each referred friend* who downloads the City BBQ App and makes a purchase using the App! PLUS, your friend gets our App Sign Up Offers of a free drink on their first visit, free cake on 2nd visit, and $5 on the 3rd visit. Win/Win!
Here’s how it works:

  1.  Become a Member of City Rewards, if you’re not already, by downloading the City BBQ App via the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Once a member, invite friends* (who are not already members) from the App, see side menu “Invite Friends”. Once they download the app, they will be prompted to enter your “Invite Code” as part of the sign up process.
  3. Once they make their first purchase using the App, you’ll get a $2 offer – it’s that easy!**
  4. Refer like crazy – you can get multiple $2 Referral Offers!

*To receive Referral Offer, referred folks have to be new to the City Barbeque Rewards Program.
**$2 offer will expire after 60 days. One offer can be used per visit. You will get the $2 offer when your friend uses the referral code and makes their first purchase (download and purchase must be completed in June to get the offer).

Happy Sharing!

Let us help you celebrate the special lady in your life – you treat her to the best barbeque in the city and we’ll give her a FREE piece of triple chocolate cake!

On Mother’s Day, share a selfie with Mom enjoying your meal and you could win a $100 gift card! (Don’t do social? No worries, just email your pic to samantha@citybbq.com to enter.)

*Free cake with purchase, 5/8/16 only.

The easiest way to feed a crowd!

Our Slider Packs and Taqo Packs come with all the fixin’s to feed 24 folks. These new Packs are perfect for get-togethers that don’t require the full spread – guests can grab a slider or taqo and mingle with friends! Perfect for grad parties, tailgates, backyard parties & more!

The best barbecue in the city, in one hand…forget the fork and knife!

Order online and Pig Up at your local joint for hassle free party food.

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Confession #119:

“I love the flavor of the potato salad. I think it’s better than my mom’s!”

Confession #185:

“…and decided to try your establishment because it said ‘brisket’ I have to admit, the BEST brisket I have had in over 10 years – that’s about the time I left Texas… Thank you!”