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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

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

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.

There’s no nip in the air quite yet, but the calendar doesn’t lie: we are only days away from the start of football season. Football means tailgating which also means barbeque (although to us, barbeque is year-round), and we’re proud to be your tailgating advisors! Here are our top five tailgating tips:

  • Start setting up early—everyone knows it’s bad luck if you’re still doing party prep during the coin toss (probably). Order online or call ahead to skip the line.
  • Finger food is a must! No one wants to wrangle a plate, fork, knife, and napkin—and it’s hard to do the wave (or Surrender Cobra) when your hands are full. Be prepared with a pulled pork slider pack or double-smoked brisket taqos and keep a hand free for high-fives!
    • We know that sometimes you want to go above and beyond (show-off!) and we have you covered for that too. Party Packs or our catering experts can give you the full spread and help you earn the MVH (Most Valuable Host) title.
  • Remember to bring extra: ice, chairs, sunscreen, trash bags, extension cords, and the most important – brisket!
  • Take a tip from your favorite City Barbeque joint and stash your condiments in an empty six-pack holder for easy transportation and handling.
  • Keep everyone hydrated: while some folks may be enjoying a cold one, you don’t want the under-21 crowd to go thirsty. Add a case of old-fashioned sodas to your order and wash down the accolades with an ice-cold Cheerwine. You’ve earned it!

Columbus, Ohio – June 29, 2016 – City Barbeque, a high-growth, fast-casual restaurant company focused on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque, is proud to announce a new financial partnership with Freeman Spogli & Co., a leading private equity investment firm. “This is an exciting moment in our company’s history,” said Rick Malir, founder of City Barbeque. “This partnership allows us to take City Barbeque to new places, give our amazing employees additional opportunities to grow, and bring smiles to new guests and raving fans across the country.”

City Barbeque was founded in 1999 by Rick Malir and a team of barbeque enthusiasts who won the American Royal Invitational for the best brisket in the country. From its humble beginnings in a renovated donut shop in Upper Arlington, Ohio, to its 26th restaurant which recently opened in Durham, North Carolina, City Barbeque has established itself as one of the nation’s best barbeque restaurants.

“City Barbeque possesses the exact qualities Freeman Spogli looks for in a restaurant partner,” said Brad Brutocao, a Partner at Freeman Spogli. “The company has craveable food, a passionate management team, an impressive culture of hospitality, and a loyal fan base in each of its markets. We have been interested in City Barbeque for several years, and we are enthusiastic about partnering with Rick and his team during this exciting phase of growth for the company.”

“The same friendly teams will continue bringing you the food and service you have come to expect,” said Rick Malir. “Our partnership with Freeman Spogli will allow us to bring City Barbeque to new markets, explore and generate new insights for the company, and leverage their team’s deep experience in the restaurant space as we chart our exciting path into the future.”

BMO Capital Markets Corp. acted as exclusive financial advisor to City Barbeque. Ice Miller LLP provided legal counsel to City Barbeque and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provided legal counsel to Freeman Spogli.

About City Barbeque
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, City Barbeque is a highgrowth, fast-casual restaurant company focused on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque. The company operates 26 company-owned restaurants across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina in addition to two legacy franchise locations in Ohio. City Barbeque provides competition-quality barbeque and has more than 100 certified barbeque judges on staff. The company’s commitment to quality requires meats to be slow-smoked on site, sandwiches trimmed to order, and sides and desserts made from scratch in the restaurant. Served in a fast-casual format, guests can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed indoor and outdoor environment. City Barbeque also offers full-service catering for weddings, company picnics, large parties, and other events. City Barbeque and its management team believe that great barbeque is not just about food, but also about community. The company was founded on the commitment of investing in the communities it serves, which it upholds through numerous partnerships with non-profits and local charities.

About Freeman Spogli & Co.
Freeman Spogli & Co. is a private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in consumer-related and distribution companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1983, Freeman Spogli has invested over $3.7 billion in 55 portfolio companies with aggregate transaction value of approximately $21 billion, and is currently making investments from FS Equity Partners VII, L.P. Freeman Spogli has offices in Los Angeles and New York. For additional information, visit

  • City Barbeque /
    Buy Dad a $30 gift card and we’ll give YOU a free pulled pork sandwich, now through Father’s Day (click here for details)!  And don’t forget to check out our online shop where we have hats, a variety of shirts and our award-winning sauces available to ship to Dad!

    •  Keep reading to find out how you can win Dad a smoker (or awesome City Barbeque swag)!
  • Cliff Original
    Cliff Original is based in Columbus, OH (our hometown – woohoo!) and they offer tons of great grooming products to keep your dad looking so fresh and so clean. Our personal fave? The Beard Care Dopp Kit which includes everything your dad needs for his daily manscaping routine. BONUS – Cliff donates 10% of profits back to charities in the Columbus community each year… high five, Cliff!
  • Wood Chip Kit by Meadow Lark Woods
    These unique Gourmet Wood Chips are the perfect gift for the BBQing Dad! They are crafted by a father and his two sons (after school, of course) and are sold on Etsy. These perfectly chopped wood chips will help unlock unique flavors in your home prepared meats!
  • Giant Head Cutout
    Order a giant head cutout of yourself and force your dad to bring it to every event you can’t be a part of. Dad gets to view an enlarged version of his greatest creation (you), and you get the recognition you deserve for being a fantastic child. Win/win. (Okay, okay, we just think this is hilarious… but if you buy one for Dad, please send us a pic – we might even reward you with free bbq because you’re awesome!)
  • At Home Brewing Kit by the Brewer’s Market
    Does your dad enjoy the occasional cold one? Surprise him with this at home brewing kit, available now on Etsy! This gallon growler & home beer crafting pack from Brewers Market is the perfect DIY gift for dad. There are a variety of options to choose from, so your dad can get his brew on.
  • Smoker
    Is your Dad a self-proclaimed grill master? Let’s make him a SMOKER master! Want to win this combination Offset Smoker, BBQ & Charcoal Grill for your Dad and have it delivered just in time for Father’s day? Here’s how:

    • Comment on our Father’s Day Gift Guide Facebook post and let us know why your Dad rocks! Feel free to tag your dad to give him a shout out and make his day.
    • Contest runs June 10-15, all winners will be randomly selected and notified via FB at 2PM on June 15th.
    • One Grand Prize winner will receive the Char-Broil Smoker. Smoker will be shipped and arrive by no later than Sunday, June 19th. Just in time for Father’s Day!
    • 1 Runner Up will receive a $50 City Barbeque gift card to use in any of our 26 joints.
    • 1 Runner Up will receive a $50 credit to our Online Shop!