City Barbeque Expands Operations in Dublin, Ohio; Invests Nearly $1 Million

June 24, 2019

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Columbus, Ohio – City Barbeque, an award-winning barbeque restaurant chain founded in the Columbus Region, has announced plans to expand its operations in Dublin, Ohio, creating 35 new jobs and investing nearly $1 million. The company will hire for multiple positions including marketing, operations, accounting, IT, sales and customer support.

City Barbeque’s existing operations at 6175 Emerald Parkway currently employ 47 full-time employees. While maintaining its existing office, the company will use this new investment to expand into a new 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.

“Our ongoing success and ambitious growth strategy cannot be met without the talented team at our Dublin support center,” said City Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Malir. “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.”

Founded in 1999, City Barbeque was originally a catering operation in Rick Malir’s Dublin home. The company’s first restaurant is located on Henderson Road in Upper Arlington and has since grown to 43 company-owned restaurants across seven states.

“The company’s continued investment in our community is an important component to local job creation and a testament to the strength of Dublin as a desirable location for corporate headquarters to grow and thrive,” said the City of Dublin’s Director of Economic Development Colleen Gilger.

The Columbus Region is home to 196 food and beverage establishments that together generate $2.2 billion in annual economic output. The Region is also a top choice for company headquarters, including fast food giants like Wendy’s and White Castle, as well as 14 Fortune 1000 companies and several Fortune 500 companies. Franklin County is home to more than 1.2 million residents, making it the most populous county in Ohio.

“City Barbeque has called Dublin home for two decades, and it is a fantastic example of how businesses can start up and grow in the Columbus Region,” said JobsOhio Director of Food and Agribusiness Joe Needham. “This expansion will bring 35 new jobs and support City Barbeque restaurants that are feeding satisfied customers in seven different states.”


About City Barbeque
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 desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. Learn more at

About the City of Dublin, Ohio
Dublin is a city of nearly 50,000 residents located just northwest of Columbus, Ohio. It offers residents and corporate citizens responsive services, attractive housing, superior public education, direct regional highway access, abundant park space, thoughtful and strategic planning, innovative ideas and technology and a dynamic community life. Dublin is consistently ranked one of the safest cities in the nation and in 2015 was named one of America’s Top 20 Creative Class Cities. It is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 4,300+ businesses, world-class events and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District. For more information, visit or call 614-410-4400.

About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. Consistently named among the best economic development organizations in the country, Columbus 2020 expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the Columbus 2020 team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

Columbus 2020 Media Contact
Amy Harman

City Barbeque Media Contact
Elizabeth Grunewald

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