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Dickey’s Barbecue to open Friday

Texas-style pit barbecue is coming to Spokane starting Friday.

The first area Dickey's Barbecue franchise is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18 at 12628 N. Division St., according to company spokeswoman Kate Morganelli. The franchise is owned by Dawn Carr and Walt Buyea. The location was formerly home to Camino Real.

The first 100 customers will get a free Pulled Pork Big Barbecue Sandwich.

Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants has more than 270 locations in the United States, with four restaurants on Washington’s west side (with one more coming soon in Issaquah, Wash.) and three in Idaho. Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened in 1941 in Dallas, Texas by Travis Dickey. According to the company's website, space on the restaurant’s sign was rented to help pay for start-up costs and the menu included only beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, beer, bottled milk and sodas.

In 1967, brothers Roland and T.D. Dickey, Jr. took over the business from their father and expanded the signature hickory-smoked meats throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth area, and then north Texas. They began franchising in 1994. A third generation, Roland Dickey, Jr. took over the family business, becoming president in 2006.

Dickey’s provides extensive support for franchise operators, beginning with a three-week “Barbecue U,” where owner/operators learn to run the restaurants from open until close.

Dickey’s is known for a family-friendly atmosphere and its beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, served along with sides such as jalapeno beans and macaroni and cheese. Meats are smoked at each restaurant, just as it was done in the original Dickey’s in 1941. Rolls are served with every meal, along with complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. The first menu change in 50 years was a spicy cheddar sausage, which was recently added after rave reviews from customers.

The Spokane restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reach the store by calling (509) 465-9999.

The menu and other restaurant details can be found online at www.dickey’s.com.


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