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City Barbeque donated 12,500 dollars to non-profit Resurrecting Lives Foundation, whose mantra is, “Resurrect a hero; strengthen the nation.” The donation was in conjunction with the barbecue restaurant’s anniversary celebration in January, highlighting 15 years of giving back to the community in which it serves. The donation was raised directly through sales of City Barbeque reusable tumblers purchased by customers for 5 dollars with the perk of receiving free refills through March.


Resurrecting Lives Foundation Founder, Chrisanne Gordon, Director of Operations Erik Kazmierczak and the City Barbeque team at the original location on Henderson Road in Columbus, OH.

“I am just so very grateful at your generosity and the success of the campaign.  You are wonderful for doing this for our returning heroes,” said Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon.

Resurrecting Lives Foundation assists in the recovery and reintegration of Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans by defining the brain pathology and by developing protocols for recovery. They advocate for returning heroes and their families for collaborations with civilian institutions to provide health care, education and employment. As Director of Operations, Eric Kazmierczak explains, “We honor the fallen by taking care of their brothers and sisters who return.”

“We also had a few Veterans come forward with questions about their injuries, and we are assisting them currently – so it was a perfect timing, and we cannot thank you enough.”- Dr. Chrisanne Gordon

In addition to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, company-wide charity ties include ongoing partnerships with Future Farmers of America, Elderheart- an organization promoting social awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder in Veterans, and Food Rescue- which collaborates with local food banks to freeze and donate any quality leftovers at each City Barbeque location. All locations partner with local organizations to give back to the communities in their backyards. As a company initiative City Barbeque allows any non-profit to host fundraisers at their locations with 25 percent of sales brought in going directly back to their cause. In 2014, City Barbeque held almost 2,000 fundraising events for local charities.


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City Barbeque is the perfect Valentine’s Day date:

Perfect for a family! Avoid reservations and lines and bring your kids to City Barbeque! Each of our joints will be providing an extra special family-friendly experience this Valentine’s Day.

Who needs white linens, china and fancy schmancy waiters? Throw a blanket by the fire, light some candles and have a romantic BBQ spread at home with our hassle-free carryout options. Triple Chocolate Cake

True Love is when you can be yourself scarfing down a Deluxe City Sampler with your sweetie.

… Did we mention Triple Chocolate Cake?


Share the love! Use #citybbq this week, 2/9-2/14 with a photo of you and your sweetie and be entered to win a City Barbeque gift card! It’s our way of saying we <3 you. (Not on social media? That’s ok! You can email your photo to to be entered!)




City Barbeque made enough macaroni in 2014 to make 1,963,636 kids (and kids at heart) say “More, please!

In 2014, City Barbeque gave away enough food to Food Rescue, an organization that delivers food to shelters in the community, to feed 25,592 people free pulled pork platters!

In 2014, City Barbeque won 17 local and national awards for having the best barbecue around.

1,196 organizations held fundraisers at a City Barbeque joint in 2014… We love to help—just ask!

City Barbeque used enough chocolate chips in their cakes last year to make over 20,450 chocolate bunnies.

City Barbeque cooked enough brisket in 2014 to easily feed 345 adult, male lions every day for an entire year.

City Barbeque customers LOVE a kick—they consumed over 189,000 pounds of Brush Fire barbecue sauce in 2014.

If laid end-to-end, City Barbeque sold enough rib bones to cross the state of Ohio and run 50 miles into Kentucky!

City Barbeque’s first business came in the form of catering college tailgating.

All City Barbeque employees enjoy free barbeque as a company perk (and great pay, too!).

We got our big break when we won the Superbowl of BBQ back in 1997 – winning Best Barbeque Brisket at the American Royal Invitational – besting over 300 teams from around the country.

We make all of our sides right here, from scratch, and we smoke all our meats on premise.

We have a secret insider menu… but can you find it? *Hint- it’s not on the website!

Brides and BBQ go well together – we have catered hundreds of weddings to rave reviews.

We have more than 30,000 friends on Facebook – won’t you join us?

This message is for all the City Barbeque teammates from president and founder, Rick Malir:

It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since we opened the doors of our first joint on Henderson Rd. in Columbus, OH… A lot has changed since then, but one of the things that hasn’t is that we still have hardworking and passionate folks working at each of our joints doing things the way we did back then. I want to thank ALL of you for being a part of this ride and continuing to do things the right way, not always the easy way, and having fun while doing it- YOU have allowed us to grow and I want to say how truly grateful I am to have every one of you as part of the City Barbeque family! Here’s to you and the next 15 (and beyond!). Thank you, team City Barbeque! -Rick


Grove City, Ohio served up the December 2014 “‘Que for a Year” winner, Carol Beougher.

Congratulations, Carol!

Enjoy some BBQ on us. A lot of it.

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City Barbeque is celebrating its 15th year of operation from January 12th through the 25th.  The hand-crafted barbeque chain is recognizing this mile marker with a celebration that is true to the company’s roots of competition-quality and backyard hospitality.

Our founders: Frank Pizzo, Rick Malir, Jim Budros, Mike Taylor and John Kean in front of “The Old Donut Shop” soon to be City Barbeque Henderson Road in 1999

Since opening their doors in December, 1999 City Barbeque has grown to 25 locations across four states with continuous growth averaging roughly four locations per year over the past few years. City Barbeque has been a real bright spot for their employees too, with starting pay well above the average for comparable establishments, offering a scholarship program for their employees, 70 percent promotion from within, and the opportunity to advance as new restaurants are opened.

In their 15 years City Barbeque has received many awards and accolades. In 2014 alone they received 17 different “best of” awards including national recognition with Men’s Journal naming them one of the best bbq joints in America and receiving the National Turkey Federation award for their local Cooper Farms Turkey.

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