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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.”

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, 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 www.freemanspogli.com.

November 11, 2014

Lexington, KY—City Barbeque, an award-winning barbeque joint built on a foundation of “low and slow” smoked meats, a wide variety of side dishes, delectable desserts and a healthy dose of backyard hospitality, will open its second Lexington location at 2187 Harrodsburg Rd. on Saturday, December 13 at 10:30 am. For over 15 years, City Barbeque has offered authentic competition quality barbeque to its customers, and the team looks forward to continuing that tradition at its newest location.

Throughout the day, City Barbeque will be offering samples to guests and encouraging University of Kentucky students and fans attending the North Carolina basketball game to join the festivities and stop by before or after the game. Customers will find a wide selection of smoked meats, including pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken, St Louis cut ribs, sausage and its most recent 2014 nationally recognized award-winning item: smoked turkey. Diners also will not want to miss homemade warm cobbler, sweet corn pudding, hand-dipped hush puppies, baked beans with brisket, fresh cut fries, among many others.

“This grand opening represents the increasing excitement for the barbeque lifestyle within the Lexington community,” said City Barbeque General Manager Ryan Minser. “This new location will feature our first ever curbside pick-up service. We want to make it as easy as possible for our fans to include us in their busy lives.”

The Harrodsburg joint is also currently hiring team members who like to have fun! Applicants can apply online at www.citybbq.com/careers/

It all began when a barbeque competition team put their talents to the test and won the nationally acclaimed Open Champion and 1st Place Brisket award at the American Royal Invitational. Two years later, in 1999, City Barbeque was born. Rather than just develop a barbeque joint, Rick Malir, lead Pit Boss, and friends toured America’s best joints to create the ultimate barbeque experience to share with the community. The first Lexington restaurant opened in June 2012 and has been voted “Best Barbeque in Lexington” for the last two years.

 

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City Barbeque Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CityBarbeque

City Barbeque Twitter account: https://twitter.com/CityBarbeque

City Barbeque Instagram account: http://instagram.com/citybbq

 

About City Barbeque
City Barbeque provides competition quality barbeque and has more than 100 certified barbeque judges throughout their staff. This level of commitment to quality requires meats slow-smoked on site, sandwiches trimmed to order, and scratch made sides and desserts made in the restaurant. Service is a fast casual style. Guests dining-in can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed environment. For those on the go, City Barbeque is also an expert in carry out for office lunches and take home dinners, to large parties and events. City Barbeque believes that great barbeque isn’t just about food, it’s also about community. They have demonstrated their support by giving more than 10% of their pretax profits to non-profits in the community.  For more information, visit http://www.citybbq.com.

City Barbeque Announces Charity Weekend With Ronald McDonald House Charities Of The Bluegrass In Celebration Of Grand Opening

Restaurant To Donate Percentage Of Sales From December 13 and 14 To Local Nonprofit

LEXINGTON K.Y., November 26, 2014 – City Barbeque has announced that ten percent of proceeds from its grand opening weekend on Saturday, December 13 through Sunday, December 14 will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass. The funds will benefit Ronald McDonald’s programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and strengthen families by keeping them together in times of medical need.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as the charity to benefit from what is to be a weekend of celebration. For the past 30 years we have opened our doors to families with children receiving medical treatments in Lexington, KY. Gathering a family around a table to enjoy a meal that is cooked just for them is one of the many facets to our organization’s operation. It is imperative to help keep families together and stronger so that they can face what tomorrow brings,” said Sarah Jordan, Special Events and Promotions Coordinator for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass.

RMHC of the Bluegrass is also celebrating 30 years of providing hope and serving as a “home away from home” for thousands of  families in need.

“We care about our neighbors and like to share our successes with local organizations who are making a difference, especially this time of year,” said Rick Malir, City Barbeque founder. “We believe in helping the community, and will actively seek ways in which we can improve the lives of people in and around the Lexington area. This is part of what we like to call backyard hospitality.”

City Barbeque believes that great barbeque isn’t just about food; it’s also about community. The restaurant continuously demonstrates their support of the local community by giving more than ten percent of their pretax profits to local nonprofit organizations. City Barbeque will help the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass and nearly 1000 other local organizations raise funds for community-based projects this year.

 

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City Barbeque Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CityBarbeque

City Barbeque Twitter account: https://twitter.com/CityBarbeque

City Barbeque Instagram account: http://instagram.com/citybbq

 

ABOUT CITY BARBEQUE:
City Barbeque provides competition quality barbeque and has more than 100 certified barbeque judges throughout their staff. This level of commitment to quality requires meats slow-smoked on site, sandwiches trimmed to order, and scratch made sides and desserts made in the restaurant. Service is a fast casual style. Guests dining-in can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed environment with great outdoor space when the weather is nice. For those on the go, City Barbeque is also an expert in carry out for office lunches and take home dinners, to large parties and events. For more information, visit http://www.citybbq.com.

 

Photo Credit: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass

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On Tuesday, November 11, City Barbeque donated thousands of meals to active military and veterans in honor of  Veterans Day, while working with Elderheart to spread awareness of their Mission 22 campaign to thousands visiting one of the 23 locations that day.10614367_10152905220318169_3969400378199745871_n

All City Barbeque locations participated by giving one free half pound sandwich platter to each veteran for either dine-in or carryout orders.

“Thank you for your support of veterans. I took you up on your lunch offer and really enjoyed it. I went to the Avon, Indiana store with a Navy Veteran buddy and the coolest thing to see were the young people taking their parents and grandparents who served to lunch. What a nice picture of family and community you created.” —an email to City Barbeque from US Army veteran Scott Arndt.

Mission 22 is an Elderheart campaign designed to raise awareness about the devastating fact that 22 U.S. military veterans commit suicide every day as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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Elderheart is a Veteran organization that does community projects as well as public, private and corporate art to raise awareness for the 22 veteran suicides that occur every day. Their purpose is to employ and empower veterans while raising this awareness.

To learn more about Elderheart and Mission 22, visit their site.

Veterans Day BP 2014View this article here on restaurantnews.com

On Tuesday, November 11, City Barbeque will provide a free sandwich platter to all military veterans and troops and will be working with Elderheart to raise awareness about their Mission 22 project with dine in guests on Veterans day. Mission 22 is an Elderheart campaign designed to raise awareness about the devastating fact that 22 U.S. military veterans commit suicide every day as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.“Honoring the service of our veterans is something that is very important to us,” said Rick Malir, president and founder of City Barbeque. “At City Barbeque, we can show appreciation by serving veterans a great BBQ meal—I encourage everyone to find a way to express a sincere thank you for the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of our veterans.”

All City Barbeque locations in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Indianapolis and Cary, NC are participating. One free half pound sandwich platter will be given to each veteran for either dine-in or carryout orders. City Barbeque will be open 10:30 am—10 pm on November 11.

Elderheart is a Veteran organization that does community projects as well as public, private and corporate art to raise awareness for the 22 Veteran suicides that occur every day. Their purpose is to employ and empower Veterans while raising this awareness.

City Barbeque provides competition quality barbeque and has more than 100 certified barbeque judges throughout their staff. This level of commitment to quality requires meats slow-smoked on site, sandwiches trimmed to order, and scratch made sides and desserts made in the restaurant. Service is a fast casual style. Guests dining-in can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed environment with great outdoor space when the weather is nice. For those on the go, City Barbeque is also an expert in carry out for office lunches and take home dinners, to large parties and events. City Barbeque believes that great barbeque isn’t just about food, it’s also about community. They have demonstrated their support by giving more than 10% of their pretax profits to non-profits in the community.