Good barbecue can be hard to find, but a new restaurant in Kingwood may make the search easier. The newest Texas location of Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened in Kingwood in late April. "It feels great to know the people in this community appreciate and support you for making a change by bringing not just only a new restaurant but new jobs to the area," said Gregg McCardle, owner. "I decided to open Dickey's in Kingwood after I researched locations and found that bringing barbecue to this city would be a great change for the community." McCardle began barbecuing in his backyard for his family and friends. "I've always wanted to own my own business, so when I started my search on Franchise Gator I found Dickey's Barbecue. I said to myself, what a great way to keep serving and keeping smiles on people's faces," said McCardle. Community service has been a part of McCardle's life, and the restaurant seemed like a good way to keep that going. "I wanted to open a restaurant because I've always served in some type of way whether it was in the military or in the community. With the passion that I have for barbecue and wanting to own my own business, this couldn't have been a more perfect opportunity." Before opening a Dickey's Barbecue Pit, McCardle was a private security contractor and served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a maritime law enforcement officer. He attended the University of North Alabama. Dickey's Barbecue Pit has almost 400 locations in 42 states and holds the title of the world's largest barbecue franchise. The tasty pit was founded by Travis Dickey more than 72 years ago and continues to keep its goal of providing authentic slow-smoked barbecue. Based in Dallas, this family-run barbecue franchise offers a variety of delicious food options such as: homestyle sides, signature meats, free kids meals every Sunday and tangy barbecue sauce. In 2014, Dickey's was named the "Fastest-growing Restaurant in the Country" by Technomic. "Dickey's will be a great asset to this community because we are a fast, casual restaurant that is bringing a new twist to the restaurant industry here in Kingwood," said McCardle. "This is something I am sure the people have been longing for." People can order online as well as purchase Dickey's Barbecue Sauce and their great seasoning. "Currently, meat plates are the most popular thing going," said McCardle. "My favorite meal would be the chopped brisket sandwich with mac and cheese and the baked potato casserole." Daily specials, also known as deal of the day' are available for $8.99, kids eat free on Sundays and free ice cream is on the menu every day. In the next 10 years, McCardle has plans to expand Dickey's. "With the massive development of Montgomery County, my goal is to expand with multiple unit stores north of Houston along Highway 59 and the Grand Parkway (Highway 99)," said McCardle. "In the September of 2013, we secured a development agreement for the new upcoming Valley Ranch Town Center and also with the third location that is in discussion." McCardle offers advice to fellow entrepreneurs. "I would say work hard toward your dream. Set a goal and figure out the plan that you need to get there, because a goal without a plan ... is only a wish," said McCardle. "Here at Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Kingwood, Texas, we want the people to know that we are excited to serve this great community and that we are passionate about the great art of barbecue." Dickey's Barbecue Pit is located in Kingwood Commons at 532 Kingwood Drive. To order by phone call, 832-644-6879. To learn more, visit Dickeys.com.

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