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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.

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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.

Media contact:
Cierra Moore
Regional Marketing Manager, City Barbeque
cmoore@citybbq.com

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.

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.  

Reed to serve as CFO, Kadylak as CMO for the fast-growing barbeque restaurant

June 13, 2019

DUBLIN, Ohio—City Barbeque is pleased to welcome Diane Reed and Judy Kadylak to its leadership team effective June 2019. As the company’s new Chief Financial Officer, Reed will succeed former CFO Jim O’Connor; Kadylak is City Barbeque’s first Chief Marketing Officer.

Reed comes to City Barbeque having served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer for BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group; Executive Vice President for Finance at Frisch’s; Vice President and Controller at Wendy’s; and Controller at Victoria’s Secret. She started her career in public accounting at KPMG. In her role as City Barbeque CFO, Reed will help guide the 43-unit brand during a time of accelerated nationwide growth.

Kadylak’s career has been focused on positioning brands for growth, making her an ideal choice for the Ohio-based barbeque concept. Prior to joining City Barbeque as CMO, Kadylak led marketing efforts in-house as Senior Vice President for Marketing at Steak ‘n Shake, Vice President of Marketing and Culinary at Bruegger’s Bagels, and Regional Marketing Director at Chipotle. Kadylak has also managed brand positioning from the agency side, working with Bob Evans and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

“Diane and Judy bring a wealth of expertise to the team, and more importantly, they both really understand our purpose of serving and creating happiness,” says City Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Malir. “We’re confident they’re the perfect fit to lead their respective teams and are excited to welcome them on board.”

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.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com

Kids, grab your grown-ups: it’s the best day of the year! All City Barbeque joints will celebrate “Family Time” on Sunday, February 24—which means. kid’s meals are free with an adult meal purchase all day long! You don’t need a coupon or anything, either—just tell us you’re here for “Family Time” when you get here and you’re good to go!

And if you’re in the mood for some homemade Triple Chocolate Cake, we’re sweetening the deal for Family Time. City Barbeque will donate $1 of the sale of every slice of cake on February 24 to local children’s hospitals:

Akron and Cleveland joints: University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati joints: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Columbus joints: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dayton joints: Dayton Children’s Hospital

Toledo/Findlay joints: ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital

Indianapolis joints: Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Chicago joints: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Lexington joints: Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Louisville joints: Norton’s Children’s Hospital

Charlotte joints: Levine Children’s Hospital

Raleigh joints: Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center

Atlanta joints: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Plus, every City Barbeque joint will have some family-friendly surprises going on… you’ll have to stop in and see!

So what’ll you get for your free kid’s meal? A lil’ brisket sandwich and some creamy, curly mac and cheese? A perfect chicken drumstick with green beans? Slow-smoked turkey and crunchy, chewy, healthy Superfood Slaw? Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’re excited to celebrate with you!

A little fine print: Adult meal purchases $7 or more are eligible for a free kid’s meal. One free kid’s meal per adult purchase.

Both returning fan favorites are smoked in-house in small batches over local hickory wood

January 31, 2019

City Barbeque is making room in its smokers for two more hickory-smoked favorites: Atlantic Smoked Salmon and the Big Bone beef rib.

Available at all locations on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, City Barbeque’s Atlantic salmon ($10.99) is smoked in-house, seasoned with dill, and served with lemon over a bed of fresh baby greens. “Smoked salmon is a fan favorite: every year, guests ask us to extend the amount of time we sell it,” says Brian Hipsher, VP of Marketing at City Barbeque. “This perfectly smoked salmon is served hot off the smoker and sells out quickly. We only make enough to sell through its peak freshness during both lunch and dinner each day, so be sure to get in early to catch yours.”

Also returning to all City Barbeque locations is the Big Bone: this massive beef rib will be available Saturdays only through the end of March. Beautifully marbled and packed with flavor, the Big Bone is hand-rubbed with City Barbeque’s signature rub, smoked low and slow, and served by the bone. The Big Bone can clock in at anywhere from 1–1.5 pounds and is available for $20 per pound. “The Big Bone is so popular that we have bumped up our smoker space to make a few more this year. It’s not easy balancing demand with availability, so we often sell out. This just guarantees that, when you get one, you’ll get the freshest, most delicious beef rib out there,” says Hipsher.

Learn more about Smoked Salmon and the Big Bone at citybbqdev.wpengine.com/blog, and order online at citybbqdev.wpengine.com (salmon available for online order; you’ll need to visit in person if you want to tackle the Big Bone).

 

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 citybbqdev.wpengine.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Regional Marketing Manager, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com