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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

Growing barbeque company recognized by TDn2K for second consecutive year

January 31, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio—TDn2K has named City Barbeque as the winner of the 2019 Best Practices Award in the Fast-Casual segment. This honor, which recognizes exemplary performance, workplaces, and workforce operations in foodservice, is awarded based on retention of general managers and hourly employees, workforce diversity, and compensation practices, as well as initiatives and efforts in community involvement, corporate responsibility, employee foundations and sustainable business practices. Nominees were honored for excellence in their segment of the industry; other winners included J. Gilbert’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, NORMS Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, and The Wendy’s Company.

Chief People Officer Ronnie Berry accepted the award on behalf of City Barbeque on January 29 at the Global Best Practices Conference in Dallas, Texas. “This award is a tribute to our operators, who are out there serving and creating happiness every day,” says Berry. “We know we can’t create happiness if we aren’t happy ourselves, so we work to foster connections and strive for a family dynamic within our teams. And then we focus on aligning our goals: serving guests competition-quality barbeque and experiences with a sense of genuine backyard hospitality; getting a little better every day, and staying true to who we are. We are honored to receive this recognition, and humbled to be in the same category with such distinguished peers as Portillo’s, La Madeleine, and The Habit Burger.” City Barbeque was named a runner-up in the 2018 Best Practices Awards.

City Barbeque continues to earn accolades not just for its award-winning barbeque, but for its company practices as well: in November 2018, Columbus CEO named the company best employer (in any industry, not just restaurants) for the third year in a row.

 

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.

About GBPC
The Global Best Practices Conference is produced by TDn2K™. Held in Dallas, Texas, this event is a gathering of hundreds of restaurant industry c-suite leadership brought together to tackle some of the most challenging obstacles facing the restaurant industry. The event is also the home of the Best Practice Awards, Diamond Catalyst Award, Heart of the Workplace Award and the Workplace Legacy Award presentations. Dates for the 2020 Global Best Practices Conference are January 28th – 30th, at the Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel. More at http://www.tdn2k.com/events/gbpc.

About TDn2K
TDn2K™ (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the parent company of People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™ and White Box Social Intelligence™. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members monthly. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. TDn2K membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, nearly 2.6 million employees and $72 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry events including the Global Best Practices Conference held annually each January in Dallas, Texas.

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

Tumblers retail for $5, with all profits to support the Resurrecting Lives Foundation

January 14, 2019

Starting January 14, 2019, when guests purchase a new limited-edition $5 tumbler at any City Barbeque location, City Barbeque (citybbqdev.wpengine.com) will donate all tumbler profits to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation (www.resurrectinglives.org), a non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans living with traumatic brain injury. As a thank you for helping support this vital organization, guests will receive free refills in their 2019 tumbler through March 31, 2019 (offer valid for free refills of fountain beverages, tea, and lemonade with any food purchase at City Barbeque). Tumblers are available while supplies last, and City Barbeque has sold out every year.

This promotion marks City Barbeque’s fifth annual fundraiser for Resurrecting Lives; the restaurant has raised more than $46,000 to support the organization to date. Resurrecting Lives is committed to helping veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), which impacts an estimated 20–25% of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The foundation helps veterans successfully transition to a post-military career and life through advocacy, aid, fundraising, and research: a cause that resonates with the culture of service at City Barbeque.

“We’re honored to be able to support our veterans via the Resurrecting Lives Foundation and are thankful our guests also want to support this cause,” says City Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Malir. “We hear from guests all the time how much they appreciate this partnership. We’re glad we can come together to do something good to support our veterans living with TBI.”


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
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com

Industry veteran joins c-suite of fast-growing barbeque restaurant; founder Rick Malir remains CEO

January 9, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio—City Barbeque is pleased to welcome Mike Muldoon to its leadership team effective January 2019. As the company’s new President and Chief Operating Officer, Muldoon will help lead the popular barbeque restaurant during a time of accelerated nationwide growth.

Muldoon brings to City Barbeque more than 25 years of experience in c-suite restaurant management. In roles ranging from executive leadership to operations management and human resources, Mike has developed and implemented strategic plans, increased sales, and attracted and retained top talent for restaurants worldwide, both new concepts and brand expansions.

“We really took our time on an extensive national search to find just the right COO,” said City Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Malir. “Mike’s experience in successfully scaling brands on a national level makes him the perfect choice for City Barbeque. I’m excited to see how Mike will help us build upon our foundation and culture, and the whole team is looking forward to having him on board as President and COO.”

“I am thrilled to be joining City Barbeque,” said Muldoon. “Rick Malir and the entire City Barbeque team have done a tremendous job building a unique brand and culture. City Barbeque has built a best-in-class reputation for producing competition-quality barbeque as well as providing an outstanding work experience for its team members. Rick and I share the belief that a great guest experience begins with a great team member experience. I am honored to be able to join this team and take part in the expansion of this exciting brand.”

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
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com