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Demar Dotson signs development agreement with Dickey's

Published: 13 Feb 2017 covered the signing of a development agreement with Tampa Bay's Demar Dotson. 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is continuing its expansion throughout the state of Florida with a well-known member of the Tampa community, Demar Dotson. Currently a professional football player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dotson will open his Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location in in the Tampa area in late 2017.

Along with his passion for football, Dotson has always had a passion for slow-smoked barbecue. Upon deciding to open his own franchise, Dotson determined Dickey’s was the perfect fit for him. “I wanted to open a restaurant where I could fulfill my passion while also feeding my community pit-smoked barbecue,” says Dotson.

After opening his initial location in Tampa, Dotson plans to open more locations throughout the southern states, primarily in his home state of Louisiana. In his retirement, Dotson plans to run the day-to-day operations of his stores and be the face of his community’s Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is proud to have Demar Dotson join our family and open his first Dickey’s location in Florida,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “Dickey’s is rapidly expanding nationwide and we are constantly looking for new Owner/Operators such as Dotson who have a passion for delicious, pit-smoked barbecue.”

To learn more about franchising opportunities visit or call 866-340-6188.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic, slow-smoked barbecue. All meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant which is why at Dickey's, “We Speak Barbecue.” The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, savory sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The brand has expanded to 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” and ranked in the top ten of Franchise Times’ “Fast and Serious.” Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was recognized for the third year by Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top 10 Growth Chain” and by Technomic as the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country.” For more information, visit or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.

Demar Dotson signs development agreement with Dickey's
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