DALLAS, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dickey's Barbecue Pit, the nation's largest barbecue chain, was awarded top honors as first place on Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers & Shakers List, which was celebrated in Chicago last night at an event that coincided with the annual National Restaurant Association Show. Over the past year Dickey's saw a 19 percent year over year growth rate as a result of innovations including a new data analytics platform, new training program and a complete store design overhaul. In October 2015 Dickey's launched a new store concept in Dallas, complete with sustainable elements such as a new proprietary wood blend pellet for the smokers. Dickey's also launched a big data platform, Smoke Stack, which analyzes and reacts to consumer data in real time.
"The top spot unanimously went to Dickey's Barbecue Pit for not only its impressive growth performance, but also because it is a leader when it comes to implementing technology to enhance the guest experience," said Cherryh Cansler, managing editor of Fast Casual.
"What an honor it is to win the number one spot on the Fast Casual Top 100 list! Thank you Fast Casual for recognizing us," said Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. "Our team and our franchisees make this happen for us every day. At Dickey's we keep it simple by focusing on what we do best and what we're passionate about, which is bringing authentic, Texas-style barbecue across the country."
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About Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, "We Speak Barbecue." The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids' meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to 550 locations in 43 states. Dickey's was recognized for the third year by Nation's Restaurant News as a "Top 10 Growth Chain" and by Technomic as the "Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country." For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.
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