A new year means a new refillable tumbler here at City Barbeque, and 2020’s tumbler is our best yet (if we do say so ourselves)! Starting January 6, 2020, buy a new limited-edition $10 tumbler at any of our joints and, as always, we’ll donate all profits to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Not only are you helping vets with your purchase, you’re getting a double-walled, BPA-free tumbler with custom art and a flexible straw—plus free refills with any purchase through March 31, 2020!
We are honored every year to help raise funds for Resurrecting Lives, and are inspired by their commitment to our veterans. An estimated 20–25% of troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBI, and Resurrecting Lives is committed to helping them all transition to a post-military career and life through advocacy, aid, fundraising, and research. We’ve donated more than $56,000 to this organization to date, and can’t wait to extend our support into the new decade!
We’d love for you to help us support the work of this incredible organization, but hurry: these limited-edition tumblers really are limited-edition, so snap yours up before they’re gone!
We’ve already decided one of our New Year’s resolutions is to eat more barbeque, and we’d love for you to join us 😉 To that end, for the first time EVER, we’re going to be open on New Year’s Day–and we’ll be offering free delivery all day long! *
That’s right: on January 1, 2020, when you order your favorite BBQ online, you’ll 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 in your iOS or Android app!) and select “delivery” instead of “pickup.” Now you can start your year on the right foot… without needing to get off the couch!
* Fine print: This offer is good for orders placed and delivered on January 1, 2020 from participating City Barbeque locations to addresses in delivery range. Only valid for orders placed on citybbq.com or the City Barbeque app. Not valid for catering orders. City Barbeque locations will be open 11 am–7 pm on January 1, 2020.
Where did October go? How is it already mid-November?! For those of you freaking out that we’re already a week away from Thanksgiving (😳), let us lend you a hand. For one week only, November 18–24, 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 in your iOS or Android app, and select “delivery” instead of “pickup.” You worry about the big dinner next week; we’ve got you covered in the meantime (😉).
A little fine print: This offer is good for orders placed (on citybbq.com or the City Barbeque app only) and delivered between November 18–24, 2019 from participating City Barbeque locations to addresses in delivery range. Not valid for catering orders.
Let us save you the running around the holiday season: City Barbeque gift cards are the perfect gift for any recipient. Everyone on your list loves slow-smoked barbeque, right? And now through December 31, 2019, with every $25 you spend on gift cards, you’ll get a $5 bonus card! We guess you could gift the bonus card, too, but you’re the one running around shopping for all these presents—you deserve a treat for yourself!
Plus, we’ve got two Double Bonus Days coming up, when you’ll get two $5 bonus cards with every $25 spent on gift cards. Mark your calendar for December 3 and December 4, and get ready for twice the BBQ bonus!
Adding a little bonus to your gift-giving isn’t the only way we can give you a hand this holiday! We’re taking reservations for holiday meals: whole smoked turkeys and bone-in hams bundled with your favorite homemade sides (sweet potato casserole, smashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with bacon, corn pudding… we could keep going). These meals and meats are going quick, though, so reserve yours today! And, if your idea of a happy holiday is one where you can avoid the kitchen entirely, treat yourself this season with our full-service holiday catering.
Here’s the fine print on the bonus cards: This offer is valid on gift card purchases made in store and at citybbqshop.com. Bonus cards will be redeemable in-store January–February 2020 and are worth $5 towards any purchase (excluding alcohol); up to two bonus cards can be used per check. Bonus cards have no cash value, do not carry a balance, and cannot be used for orders placed online or fulfilled by third-party delivery services. No duplicate gift cards or bonus cards will be accepted. Gift cards and bonus cards cannot be used for catering. City Rewards members do not earn points on gift card purchases; the gift card recipient earns points when making a purchase using the gift card.
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 (www.havedreams.org): 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 (www.prcommunityfund.org), 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 www.citybbq.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
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 citybbq.com 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.