Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a true American success story. In 1941, Travis Dickey, a World War II veteran, opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas. Dickey was a true Texas character blessed with the gift of gab and the love of authentic, slow-smoked barbecue. In the beginning, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was truly a family operation with Travis working the block and Miss Ollie Dickey serving sandwiches. Space on the restaurant sign was rented out to help pay the start-up costs for the restaurant and the menu was limited to beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, beer, bottled milk and sodas.
To further the family tradition, Roland Dickey, Jr. became Chief Executive Officer in 2006. As the fast casual franchise continued expansion, Roland Dickey, Jr. transitioned to CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group and his wife, Laura Rea Dickey made the move to CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Today, the Dickey family still serves up the same quality barbecue recipes handed down for generations coupled with the same brand of southern hospitality, only on a much larger scale.