Step 1:Welcome to..VA BBQ!

Barbeque is about family!
Our model has been specifically designed to be family friendly to our customers and the franchise owner. Owners are drawn to the business because of the lifestyle freedoms that are unique to our chain that opens at 11 am and closes no later than 9pm.

To be the most recognizable restaurant brand of authentic southern Barbeque in the United States.

To offer financial opportunity, freedom, and quality of life to those who desire success while offering a superior product to consumers.


Richard Ivey, the founder of Virginia Barbeque, has been a Certified Executive Chef for the past 10 years, with over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Richard's goal was to create a business that would not only create his success, but create a business that he could share to help others do the same. His desire for "success larger than life" compelled him to create the Virginia Barbeque franchise system. Richard also wanted to create a lifestyle that worked for owners, staff and customers. Operational hours are generally from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Step 2:The Opportunity

Barbecue is America's pastime. The industry is growing at a rapid rate as more and more consumers are moving their tastes, and families, throughout the United States. With the Virginia BBQ proven franchise system, you will be able to attack this strong growth and provide a stream of income, and great food, to your family - and community.


The National Restaurant Association's annual forecast predicts industry growth to $558 billion in sales next year despite rising energy prices, lower home values and a general sense of purse-tightening among consumers.

According to Zagat, about 83% of Americans eat out as often or more often than they did two years ago, helping restaurant openings outpace restaurant closings.

Americans now spend 47.9 percent of their annual food budget in restaurants, making it nearly equal with grocery stores and other retailers as their main source of food, the NRA stated.

BBQ Growth...

BBQ is hot! A way of life that has been worshipped in the south for two centuries is spreading nationwide!

Wood smoked Pork, Beef and Ribs are not the new fad, This is true American comfort food that has been served in small road side eateries forever. Mom and Pop barbeques have vanished because of the difficulty managing a 24/7 pit smoking operation along with the daily restaurant duties.
We cover all the regions and tastes. Our smoked pork, beef, chicken, ribs and homemade sides create a diverse selection of genuine southern goodness.

Step 3:FAQs

I am a veteran. Are there any special discounts available to me?

Yes! To recognize the sacrifice and service veterans have given to our country, Virginia Barbeque participates in the VetFran program and offers honorably discharged veterans a 20% discount on the initial franchise fee.

How long does it typically take to open a Virginia Barbeque Restaurant?

From the date the franchise agreement is signed it takes approximately 60-90 days. This time can be shortened depending on the approval of your location, securing of the lease and the ease of build out.

What is the monthly royalty fee due to Virginia Barbeque Franchise Company?

Virginia Barbeque’s monthly royalty fee is 6% of net sales. (Net sales are the total receipts from all sales at the restaurant and catering but do not include sales taxes or equivalent taxes.)
What is the initial franchise fee? Is there an advertising fee?

Virginia Barbeque’s initial franchise fee is $30,000 currently. We believe in keeping it easy on the pocketbook. Our fees are low to make sure you control your destiny! We expect you to spend 2% locally on advertising. Get involved and give back to your local community to maximize grassroots marketing. 

What type of experience do I need to run a Virginia Barbeque restaurant?

Any prior experience in food service management is helpful. Business management experience is also very helpful. We can teach you the Virginia Barbeque Restaurant business. Most importantly to your success is a burning desire to succeed along with a mindset of self motivation and the ability to make your own decisions.

What do I get for my franchise fee and royalties?

  • Use of the Virginia Barbeque brand, logo, name, signage, store design and most importantly the use of our systems all contribute to the fee schedule.

  • A comprehensive 2 weeks of training, including one week at your new location, designed to prepare you for daily operation of your restaurant.

  • Franchise development support and guidance through the build-out process. This includes store layout, ordering of equipment, furniture and fixtures.

  • Construction and design support and floor plan design. Site selection support and aid in the negotiations process with the developer\landlord.

  • Ongoing support from Virginia Barbeque Franchise Company consultants including research and development, purchasing and distribution support and marketing support and assistance.

  • Aid in the securing of financing.

How do I handle payroll and tax payments?

Our referred payroll services company makes it simple to hire and pay employees along with the associated taxes and deductions. Basically just call in payroll hours biweekly and any time your location adds an employee.

Why should I invest in a Virginia Barbeque and what sets it apart from other franchise systems?

  • Our food. Our authentic southern comfort food is the finest real barbeque, not just in our franchise segment but, we believe the finest barbeque anywhere! Mom and Pop operations included! Our unmistakable wood smoked barbeque will quickly become known as some of the best barbeque in your town. Our side items are loaded with true southern flavor and always freshly made.

  • Our casual atmosphere and apparel make it clear to all we are a relaxed, take it easy kind of place. There is a great pleasure in working in jeans or shorts and a short sleeve everyday!

  • Our simple systems that create amazing quality control and ease of daily operation for the owner create the lifestyle change your searching for.

  • Lots of large dollar pick up catering sales create many raving return customers that enjoy sharing our food with friends at their picnics and events.

  • With the franchise owner running the location daily there is no need for high paid skilled labor. Simple systems require basis cashiers and order fillers that need minimal initial training.

  • Our inexpensive combo meals bring in the daily customer who can afford to eat with us many times a week.

Step 4: Requirements

Financial qualifications are the first step to determine the viability and success of your goals.

You will need:
A net worth of $100,000
Approximately $35,000 in liquid assets
(A typical restaurant will cost between $93,000 and $280,000 to open depending on the location you choose)

A high-quality location incorporating either:
1,500 to 2,000 square feet for full size restaurants
Restaurant seating capacity for 36 to 50 guests
1,000 to 1,200 square feet for smaller operations
Restaurant seating for 10 to 15 guests

Completion of a McQuaig Word Survey which determines if the Virginia Barbeque franchise is right for you. We are committed to creating a great lifestyle and business opportunity for all involved in our company.

Resources for Financial Requirements:
- Your local bank
- The Small Business Administration

The Virginia Barbeque Franchise Company can assist you in gathering the information and references necessary to help you fulfill the application requirements established by your lender.


Step 5: Getting Started


Monday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday11:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday11:00AM - 8:30PM
Sunday11:30AM - 7:00PM

 *Hours may vary by location