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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.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
(614) 583-0999
egrunewald@citybbq.com

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.

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.”


Media Contact:

Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
(614) 583-0999
egrunewald@citybbq.com

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.

If you’ve ever driven down LaGrange Road and thought to yourself “Gee, I wish I could grab a bite from an award-winning barbeque joint and grab some hickory-smoked meats, made-from-scratch sides, and indulgent desserts right about now,” you’re in luck: we’re getting ready to open our second Chicagoland location! We’ll be loading up the smokers in Orland Park in April 2018, and are so excited to be part of the neighborhood.

So this spring, if you’re in the mood for some national award–winning beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, St Louis–cut ribs, smoked sausage, Amish farm chicken, or homemade specialties like warm peach cobbler and hand-dipped hush puppies, all served with our unique brand of backyard hospitality, stop by and see us:

City Barbeque Orland Park
14301 S. LaGrange Rd, Unit A
Orland Park, Il 60462

And be sure to keep an eye out for news on our community opening celebration—follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more!

October 19, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH—On Sunday, October 22, 2017, City Barbeque will once again celebrate “Family Time,” a day dedicated to the restaurant’s youngest guests and their grown-ups. Guests visiting for this special event will have the opportunity to help families fighting cancer: net proceeds from all the day’s sales of the restaurant’s famous triple chocolate cake will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

All day long on October 22, City Barbeque kid’s meals—with entrées ranging from brisket sandwiches and smoked turkey to chicken tenders and mac & cheese—are free with every adult meal purchase of $7 or more (one free kid’s meal per adult purchase). No coupon is necessary to redeem this offer; guests just need to mention “Family Time” when ordering.

“We celebrate families every day at City Barbeque, but we really love setting aside special days for Family Time,” said Rick Malir, company founder. “Having the opportunity to make a donation to the American Cancer Society is just going to be the icing on the cake.”

 

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
(614) 583-0999
egrunewald@citybbq.com

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.

To show our appreciation for our military women and men, we’re giving vets and troops a free sandwich, two sides and a regular drink on Saturday, November 11!

Know a vet? We’re making it easy for you to say thanks—bring them in on Veterans Day and their lunch is on us! Share this with the vets you know and spread the love!

Home of the Free because of the Brave

What has one leg, one thigh, one breast, one wing, and fights cancer? A half chicken sold during Quetoberfest! For the next two weeks*, we’re donating $1 from the sale of every hickory-smoked half chicken to the American Cancer Society… we’re making it easy (and delicious!) to join in the fight against cancer!

We’ll also be offering a special limited-edition Quetoberfrest pint glass for $3, or order one filled with your favorite beer for $5, and we’ll donate another $1 to the American Cancer Society! If you’re interested in getting a glass, be sure to stop in your local joint soon – we only have a limited supply & they’re gonna go quick!

The Quetoberfest-ivities end October 2nd, so grab your dirdl and lederhosen and get on down to City Barbeque. We’re excited for you to see the surprises we’ve got in store!

PS: Hit your limit on half chickens and craft beer and Quetoberfest’s still going strong? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Try our signature smoked Texas sausage topped with grilled green peppers and onions for that Wiesn vibe. #ProTip

*Quetoberfest fundraiser starts Monday, September 19 and runs through October 2nd.