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August 26, 2018

FINDLAY, Ohio—City Barbeque, LLC has acquired the assets of Fresh BBQ, LLC, which owned and operated the City Barbeque location at 15033 Flag City Drive in Findlay, Ohio.

“Fresh BBQ, LLC, the franchisee which previously owned and operated the Findlay joint, is returning the business to the original founding company, City Barbeque,” said Rick Malir, City Barbeque CEO. “The City Barbeque team is excited to start operations of this location and bring award-winning barbeque to Findlay.”

City Barbeque Findlay has temporarily closed and will undergo a major renovation over the next few months. The restaurant is expected to fire up the smokers again later this year, and will celebrate with a Grand Reopening (details to be announced).

All previously placed catering orders will be fulfilled during the restaurant’s temporary closure. When the joint reopens, folks in Findlay will be able to experience the award-winning barbeque that the company is known for nationwide.

Follow City Barbeque on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more details on the reopening 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 citybbq.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

May 11, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio—City Barbeque has earned another accolade for its ever-growing list of awards: The Daily Meal has named the company to the top five barbeque joints in the US for 2018. In the publication’s annual ranking of America’s 25 Best Barbecue Chains, City Barbeque landed the #5 spot. Daily Meal editors lauded the company’s “eighteen-hour-smoked brisket, two types of pulled pork, turkey breast, pulled chicken with Alabama white sauce, and smoked sausage”—all smoked on-site at each joint—as well as City Barbeque’s scratch-made sides such as corn pudding and collards with pork.

“We are so happy our fans have named us to the top five barbecue chains in the country,” said Brian Hipsher, VP of marketing for City Barbeque. “We’re grateful for their confidence—and are up to the challenge of claiming the number one spot in 2019!”

February 2018 saw City Barbeque named to QSR’s 40/40 List, and ardent fans continue to vote them “Best Barbeque” in regional best-of contests in every market the company serves.

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 citybbq.com.

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

April 26, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio—May is National Barbecue Month, and teams at City Barbeque will spend the month bringing award-winning smoked meats and house-made sides to food-insecure folks in the communities they serve. Throughout the month of May, City Barbeque teammates will serve barbeque in local shelters in each of the company’s 11 current markets: Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, and Chicago.

“When we say our purpose is to serve and create happiness, we really mean it,” said City Barbeque Founder and CEO Rick Malir. “Throughout this month, all our teams will be getting out into the community, sharing our food with folks who might not be able to enjoy it otherwise. We think everyone should get to celebrate National Barbecue month.”

The company will further commemorate National Barbecue Month by releasing the first in an annual series of hand-drawn, hand-printed, hand-signed posters. Only 150 individually numbered prints will be produced, with a very limited quantity available for purchase at each of the restaurant’s 35 locations. Each silkscreened poster will retail for $40, with all proceeds supporting the month’s charitable efforts.

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 citybbq.com.

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

March 30, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Growing fast-casual barbeque brand City Barbeque has been named to QSR’s 2018 40 Under 40 list and honored as a TDn2K 2018 Global Best Practices Award nominee. City Barbeque continues to gain recognition as it grows; the brand currently operates 35 units but will end 2018 with 43 joints across six states.

City Barbeque was one only barbeque concept named to QSR’s annual 40 Under 40, a list dominated by salads, burgers, and international cuisine. QSR assessed the winning fast-casual 2.0 brands on a number of criteria: “chef-driven menus, premium hospitality, a focus on experience rather than value, enhanced beverage programs, high-quality ingredients, ambitions other than growth and profit, a collaborative spirit, and commitment to long-term relationships with stakeholders.” City Barbeque made the cut for its “legit barbecue credentials,” including its “house-smoked meats, scratch-made ingredients, and ‘backyard hospitality.’”

TDn2K, a benchmarking partner for the restaurant industry, nominated City Barbeque for a Best Practice Award alongside such distinguished peers as Olive Garden, Panera Bread, and The Wendy’s Company. Nominees were honored for excellence in their segment of the industry, and evaluated on criteria including community involvement, retention, sustainability, and year-over-year improvement.

“We’re proud of our teams and the work they do, day in and day out, to serve and create happiness. Being honored by these organizations is really a celebration of our teammates,” said City Barbeque Founder and CEO Rick Malir. “And I can tell you they’re real excited to bring our authentic barbeque experience, backyard hospitality, and award-winning catering to more folks nationwide.” City Barbeque currently operates in eleven markets—Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta—and will enter Cleveland and Akron with two new restaurants this year. Also on the docket are five additional Chicago locations and another joint in the Atlanta area.

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 nonprofits.

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 citybbq.com.

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

January 22, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH—City Barbeque has introduced a new menu item that’s sure to melt some hearts this winter: brisket chili. The made-from-scratch dish features the restaurant’s national award–winning slow-smoked beef brisket, jalapeños, black beans, green chilies, and, as is the case with any good chili recipe, a secret ingredient or two. Topped with shredded sharp cheddar, a dollop of sour cream, and a bright slice of fresh jalapeño, it’s available at all City Barbeque locations for a limited time. Guests can enjoy their chili by the cup ($3.49) or by the bowl ($5.99).

“Our new brisket chili is the perfect wintertime treat! We promise it’ll warm you right up,” said Brian Hipsher, VP of marketing for City Barbeque. “Our fans are already telling us that our new brisket chili is off-the-charts fantastic, and we have to agree.”


About City Barbeque

City Barbeque smokes competition-quality barbeque and has more than 100 Kansas City Barbeque Society–certified judges on staff. The restaurant’s commitment to quality requires meats slow-smoked on site, sandwiches pulled and trimmed to order, and sides and desserts made from scratch at each location. Service is a fast-casual style, and guests dining in can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed environment with great outdoor space. City Barbeque is also an expert at full-service catering for parties, weddings, and special events. City Barbeque believes that great barbeque isn’t just about food, it’s about community, and has demonstrated this support by giving about 10% of pretax profits to local charities and non-profits. For more information, visit citybbq.com.


Media Contact:

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

COLUMBUS, OH—City Barbeque will once again start the new year by raising funds to support veterans living with traumatic brain injury. While supplies last, restaurant guests can purchase a limited-edition drink tumbler for $5, with all proceeds benefitting the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. Guests who purchase this year’s tumbler will receive free refills (with any purchase) through March 31, 2018.

This fundraising campaign is now in its fourth year, having raised more than $37,500 to date in support of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. Established in 2012, the foundation helps veterans with traumatic brain injury successfully transition to a post-military career and life through advocacy, aid, fundraising, and research. “Resurrecting Lives Foundation is so pleased to partner again this year with City Barbeque on their tumbler sales,” said Chrisanne Gordon, Resurrecting Lives founder and executive director. “Funds raised in past years have enabled RLF to provide transition services for veterans with TBI seeking employment, provide scholarships to receive training in meditation, and support collaborations with the Intrepid Centers and Military Traumatic Brain Injury rehab facilities, to mention just a few of our initiatives. We thank you in advance for your purchase of one of these cups during the month of January.”

To learn more about the Resurrecting Lives Foundation and its work supporting veterans with traumatic brain injury, visit resurrectinglives.org.

About City Barbeque
City Barbeque smokes competition-quality barbeque and has more than 100 Kansas City Barbeque Society–certified judges on staff. The restaurant’s commitment to quality requires meats slow-smoked on site, sandwiches pulled and trimmed to order, and sides and desserts made from scratch at each location. Service is a fast-casual style, and guests dining in can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed environment with great outdoor space. City Barbeque is also an expert at full-service catering for parties, weddings, and special events. City Barbeque believes that great barbeque isn’t just about food, it’s about community, and has demonstrated this support by giving about 10% of pretax profits to local charities and non-profits. For more information, visit citybbq.com.

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