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Popular City Barbeque Cooks Up an Expansion in Central Ohio

Ohio-based restaurant chain will add an R&D center, test kitchen and training facility

Wed Jun 26 2019

Company Name: City Barbeque
Location: Dublin
Industry Sector: Food and Agribusiness
Company Profile: At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque. Every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and delicious desserts. City Barbeque also caters events - large or small, formal or laid-back - providing personalized, friendly and affordable service. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and nonprofits.
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Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion

Number of Jobs:

  • Jobs committed: 35
  • Jobs retained: 47
  • Types of jobs: The company is hiring for multiple positions, including marketing, operations, accounting, IT, sales and customer support.

Capital Investment: Almost $1 million

Company Need:

City Barbeque currently employs 47 full-time employees at its office at 6175 Emerald Parkway, a location it has nearly outgrown. To accommodate its future expansion plans, the company needed the most suitable location for the growth of its workforce.

Why Ohio?

City Barbeque will invest almost $1 million to grow in Dublin, a northern suburb of Columbus. The company will maintain its existing office and use its new investment to expand into a 16,000-square-foot facility at 5168 Blazer Parkway to accommodate its continued growth across the country. The facility will include the addition of research and development for City Barbeque, as well as a new training facility and test kitchen.

The company made this decision based on the economic feasibility of expanding in its home region rather than in other regions where the company is rapidly growing.

Ohio’s food and agribusiness industry boasts hundreds of companies that have a role in producing foods and drinks enjoyed by consumers worldwide. Kroger, Bob Evans, Smucker’s and Wendy’s are among the food leaders all headquartered in Ohio. Ohio’s concentration of food companies, R&D resources, markets and testing opportunities have been giving companies a competitive edge for generations.


“Our ongoing success and ambitious growth strategy cannot be met without the talented team at our Dublin support center. We’re doubling down in Dublin and continuing our growth here because we are confident the support we’ve received and the talent that’s available will help us as we strive toward the future.”

- Rick Malir, City Barbeque founder and CEO


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