Dickey’s Barbecue to open first Delaware location in Middletown

Dickey’s location in Texas. Creative Commons photo

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit plans to open a restaurant in fast-growing Middletown,

The new Delaware location is the first location in Delaware and the 44th state for Dickey’s. 

The franchise will be owned by  Brendan Powers. 

Details on location and anticipated opening date were not announced. 

“The Dickey family congratulates Brendan Powers and his family on opening their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “The Dickey’s brand has grown rapidly throughout the nation, and we are proud to continue this expansion in Delaware.”

Powers, who grew up in Delaware,  spent 25 years in the military before retiring in 2008,  will run the business with his wife, Linda, and his two sons BJ and Trevor.

“I wanted to do something that my family and I could do together, and Dickey’s gave us the perfect opportunity to do that,” says Powers. “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve my community delicious, slow-smoked barbecue.”

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain,  was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. The fast-casual concept has expanded to more than 570 locations in 43 states.  

Barbecue has gained popularity in Delaware. However, the state has not seen an influx of franchises. 

Mission BBQ, a mid-sized chain, operates a  location in Dover and Famous Dave’s has two locations in Christiana and north Wilmington.

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