City Barbeque opening first North Carolina restaurant

City Barbeque Inc. is making its southern debut.

The Dublin-based barbecue chain will open its Cary, N.C. restaurant at 11 a.m. Saturday. It’s a bold lead for the chain, not just for the distance from its Central Ohio home base, but also because it’s a move into true regional barbecue country.

But City Barbeque’s “nationwide tour of barbecue styles”  already is generating some good advanced word from the locals. 

I spoke with founder and President Rick Malir last November about the new addition for the company, one he hopes won’t be the last in the region.

The restaurant may be new to the North Carolinian's, but we local folks know what they’ll be getting. The 3,200-square-foot eatery is in line with existing City Barbeques with its meaty menu and style-spanning selections from brisket and pulled pork to pulled chicken and smoked sausage. There are plenty of side dishes, too.

City Barbeque celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Cary is the 23rd restaurant in the chain, which includes eight local joints as well as restaurants in Cincinnati, Dayton, northwest Ohio, Indianapolis and Kentucky.

April 11, 2014
By Dan Eaton
Columbus Business First
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