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Growing concept City Barbeque honored by QSR, TDn2K

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

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque