Local Veteran Opens First Dickey's Barbecue Location in Mesa

America's Fastest-Growing Barbecue Chain Adds Restaurant in Arizona

Sep 15, 2011, 12:30 ET from Dickey's Barbecue

MESA, Ariz., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- After signing his lease in May, honorably discharged veteran, Tom Emmons opens the doors to his first Dickey's Barbecue Pit under the direction of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

"What I like most about Dickey's is not just that it is award-winning Texas Barbecue but that it is award-winning barbecue at a price anyone can afford," said the local franchisee Brent Blake. "The Mesa community needs this option for fast, quality food."

Tom served nearly twenty years with the Marine Corps, but is excited to get back into the environment that he thoroughly enjoyed growing up in his family's restaurant.

"It's exciting to come back to the restaurant industry and bring great barbecue to the valley. The community is a perfect fit for the family-friendly environment and I look forward to interacting with the customers on a daily basis," said Emmons.

Dickey's holds a 46 percent growth rate with a goal of 200 stores by the year's end and there are currently 174 locations in 35 states.

"We are excited about opening another location in Arizona. Barbecue is new to the area and we look forward to expanding our presence in the community," said Roland Dickey, Jr., President of DBRI.

Dickey's Barbecue offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides and tangy barbecue sauce.

For more information, including a full menu, other restaurant locations and franchising opportunities, please visit www.dickeys.com.

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