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TESTIMONIALS

“Nothing less than a damn tasty sammich. Meat tender with good texture, also not chopped too fine, moist and not dry - definitely a winner.” The Piedmont Review of Food 2008

"I can only say that NC pulled pork was spot-on. $6 included two sides and cole slaw on the sandwich. Get the red potato salad. Get it get it get it! (I'm doing the food dance right now.)"
Matt R.
San Diego, CA

".the Virginia barbecue practically melted in my mouth. With a side of coleslaw or without, this Ashland restaurant was my favorite."

Amanda Southall
Quoted in Hanover Lifestyle Magazine, Hanover VA

"I rarely choose beef barbeque, but the barbeque we tasted from Virginia Barbeque on England Street in Ashland was the best beef I've ever had. The North Carolina pork, however, turned out to be my over all favorite."

Sheila Talley
Quoted in Hanover Lifestyle Magazine, Hanover VA

"Your barbecue is the best around! I look forward to trying the new location in Lakeside to make sure that it taste the same."

Thanks,
John B. Ashland, VA

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Virginia Barbeque is Making Headlines

2011

The Galion Inquirer of Ohio correspondent Patty Rice Groth writes about the success of our first Ohio location in this September, 7th 2011 article titled: Restaurant combines experience and passion for success. Read the full article.

The Mansfield News Journal wrote about the recent opening of our Mansfield OH location in this very descriptive August 14, 2011 article titled "Virginia BBQ's menu smokin'" written by Lou Whitmire of the News Journal. Read the full article.

Check out this feature on the Newport News VA BBQ featured as one of the top 40 BBQ’s in the south in this January 14, 2011 article in VisitSouth.com from writer Jennifer Mark. Try out some mighty tasty BBQ at VA BBQ! as part of this article please read the southern barbeque primer featured on the VisitSouth.com slide show section of the best of the south. (We are slide #12)

2010

Check out this Barbecue Primer article that tells it like it is featured in VisitSouth.com on April 23, 2010 by Abu Musa. Everything you need to know about the greatest cooking method ever conceived.

The Herald Mail of Hagerstown MD writes about the new opening of the areas second Virginia Barbeque at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, MD. Read the full November 27, 2010 “Family Affair” article about Dave and Starla Hart’s new business!

The Wilkes-Barre, PA Times Leader writes about the new opening of the second Virginia Barbeque in the area in the Wyoming Valley Mall food court. Read the full November 20, 2010 article!

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper correspondent Judy Bander writes about the owners of Virginia Barbeque in Carrollton Virginia and their “good food” in this July 10th, 2010 article featured also on their website HamptonRoads.com. Read the full article!

Suzanne Corbett, food editor of Newsmagazine serving West St. Louis and St Charles County, MO writes about the success of the first Virginia Barbeque in O’Fallon MO. Click here to read the entire June 2010 article. Read the full article.

The Northeastern PA based Times Leader writes about the Edwardsville, PA Virginia BBQ and the recent fundraiser and donation to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge. Click here to read the article and see our pig presenting the check!

OceanCity.com writes about the 1 year anniversary of our Ocean Pines MD location. Click here to read the blog post from April 15th 2010. Read the full article

Sam McDonald of The Daily Press the local paper from the Tidewater area of Virginia reviews the offerings from our Carrollton VA location on April 14th 2010. Read the full review

The Brownsville Herald reports on the new opening of the first Texas location of Virginia BBQ! Read the full article

2009

Weekender a hip weekly paper from Wilkes-Barre PA writes about the new barbecue in Edwardsville PA. Read the full article.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star writes about the recent H1N1 virus and what locally headquartered chain Virginia Barbeque has implemented recently for precautionary measures. October, 18 2009. Read the full article

The Virginian-Pilot readers voted Virginia Barbeque the “Bronze Winner” in its Best Barbeque 2009 “Best Of” contest. May 2009

The Courier of the Ocean Pines MD area writes about the recently opened new restaurant. May 6, 2009.

101.1 FM WQMR, "The Eastern Shore's Talk Station" for Maryland, welcomed Virginia Barbeque Area Developer Nancy Poret on the show to talk about how people lined up in the rain on opening day to get Virginia Barbeque’s critically acclaimed barbeque! Click here to listen to Part I of the interview and here to listen to Part II.

Ocean City Today: “Virginia Barbeque fans eager for restaurant to open” in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Click here to read the entire April 17, 2009 article.

The Ocean Pines Independent did a big profile on the upcoming grand opening of the Virginia Barbeque location Ocean Pines, Maryland. Click here to read the entire April 14, 2009 article.

The Ocean Pines Progress announces the upcoming grand opening of the Virginia Barbeque location Ocean Pines, Maryland. Click here to read the entire April 11-24, 2009 article.

The Bethany Beach Wave (Delaware) announces that Virginia Barbeque will soon be opening a location in nearby Ocean Pines, Maryland. Click here to view the entire Feb. 26, 2009 article.

North Richmond News extends congratulations to the Lakeside location in Richmond for reaching its 3rd anniversary: “three great years — serving great food.” Click here to read the entire March 20, 2009 article. This article also ran in Your Street.

The Piedmont Review of Food declares the Virginia Barbeque pork sandwich “nothing less than a damn tasty sammich. Meat tender with good texture, also not chopped too fine, moist and not dry - definitely a winner.” Click here to read the entire January 9, 2008 article.

The Bayside Gazette heralds the coming of Virginia Barbeque to the East Shore community of Maryland. Click here to read the entire May 2009 article.

The Daily Times captures the local buzz around town and notes that Virginia Barbeque will soon be opening in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Click here to view the entire March 4, 2009 article.

Elliot in the Morning, a top-ranked radio show broadcasting in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, declares that Virginia Barbeque is so hot "they are on fire!" Click here to listen to the March 2 segment.

Ocean Pines Independent and Worcester County Times announces that another Virginia Barbeque will be opening soon in Maryland, this one in Ocean Pines! Click here to view the entire Feb. 26, 2009 article.

Richmond Magazine reports on the barbeque boom and notes that there will be more Virginia Barbeques opening in the future! Feb. 2009

Entrepreneur Magazine lists Virginia Barbeque in its Franchise 500 edition! Jan. 2009

Newport News reports that the Virginia Barbeque restaurant is now open in Carrolton, Va. Click here to read the entire Jan. 28, 2009 article.

Military Times Edge magazine, which is distributed throughout the military including the transition offices, profiled Virginia Barbeque multi-unit franchisee and Navy veteran Ed Totanes in article titles "My Great New Life." February 2, 2009 edition.

Fast Food Maven (OC Register fast food blog), writes that Virginia Barbeque is opening a location in Orange County later this year in California! Click here to read the entire Jan. 26, 2009 article.

Novi News, the local paper for Novi, Michigan, notes that Virginia Barbeque was one of the local businesses that provided food for the Daddy Daughter Dance. Click here to read the entire Jan. 24, 2009 article.

Restaurant Chains names Virginia Barbeque one of the "Top Ten Fastest Growing Restaurant Concepts"! Click here to view the entire Jan. 2009 listing.

2008

The Washington Post reported on the bleak holiday job prospects during the down economy and noted that "a flurry of people in their 30s and 40s have asked about entry-level jobs [at Virginia Barbeque.]" Click here to read the complete November 17, 2008 article.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch announces there is a new business in town! There is a new Virginia Barbeque restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, at the Courthouse Plaza. Click here to read the entire Nov. 17, 2008 article.

Chesterfield Observer announced the grand opening of a new Virginia Barbeque near the Midlothian Turnpike in Virginia. Click here to read the entire Nov. 12 article.

Foodservice Equipment Reports writes about how Virginia Barbeque has "doubled in size for each of the past two years." November 2008.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch announces the grand opening of the Virginia Barbeque restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, at the Courthouse Plaza. The media mention notes what an economical choice Virginia Barbeque is with "combo meals run[ning] in the $6 range.[and] platters selling for $8-$9." Click here to read the entire Nov. 6, 2008 article.

The Herald Mail in Maryland profiled the Hagerstown Virginia Barbeque location owned by Brian and Barbara Shank in its Sunday edition! The article juicy details such as how the barbeque is "hand pulled after being smoked." Click here to read the entire Oct. 26, 2008, article. The article proved so popular, it was also posted on the Barbecue Grills Plus Cover blog. Click here to read that article, too.

FOX affiliate WTTG Washington DC (2008) - Raves about Rick Ivey as a businessman and a chef

WTTG-FOX 5 Washington D.C. did a cooking segment showcasing Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey where he received accolades for his entrepreneurism and tasty barbeque recipes. Click here to view the Oct. 17, 2008 video. Click here to view the accompanying article that WTTG posted on its Web site.

The Californian daily newspaper notes that Virginia Barbeque "offers 12-hour, hickory-smoked barbecue" and provides the address, hours and phone number for the just opened location in Temecula. Click here to read the entire Oct. 16, 2008, article.

The Herald Mail, a daily newspaper in Maryland, writes that the Hagerstown location is open and ready for business, and includes the address, hours, food specialties and a link to the menu. Click here to read the entire Oct. 12, 2008, article.

The Press-Enterprise, the daily newspaper paper just outside Los Angeles serving the Temecula region and beyond, writes about the first Virginia Barbeque opening in California. The article focuses on the locations convenience by noting that "average order time is 5 minutes or less, and a family of four can eat for less than $20." Click here to read the entire Oct. 11, 2008, article.

Dine 909 notes there is a new barbeque choice for diners in the Inland Empire (a region of several communities just outside Los Angeles) offering barbeque that is "slow-smoked over hickory logs for 12 hours." Click here to read the entire Oct. 10, 2008 blog posting.

U.S. Small Business Administration awards the Virginia Barbeque chain with its official "Success Story" designation and profile. Click here to read the complete October 2008 press release posted on the government Web site.

WJBK-FOX 2 Detroit did a cooking segment with Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey and Area Developer Sharon Byrd.

WJBK-FOX 2 Detroit did a cooking segment with Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey and Area Developer Sharon Byrd. Click here to view the Sept. 23, 2008 video. Click here to view one of Virginia Barbeque's recipes that WJBK posted on its Web site.

Detroit News profiles Area Developer Sharon Byrd and her Virginia Barbeque restaurant in its Local Spotlight business profile. One of the best business features about the restaurant is its comparatively low start-up costs, explained CEO Rick Ivey: "Opening a full-service barbecue restaurant will set someone back more than $1 million, but a franchisee can invest about $150,000 for a Virginia Barbecue." Click here to read the entire Sept. 12, 2008 article.

This article also ran in F for Franchise and American Recruiters newsletter.

Detroit News writes about the authentic southern menu at Virginia Barbeque and its grand opening in Novi, Michigan. August 30, 2008.

Novi News, the local paper for Novi, Michigan, writes about how the first Virginia Barbeque to open in the state opened "to hoards of hungry locals looking for a taste of the south." Click here to read the entire Sept. 6, 2008, article.

WJBK-TV, the Fox affiliate in Detroit, Michigan, announced the grand opening of the Virginia Barbeque in Novi, Michigan, and noted the restaurant's emphasis on "speed and value." Click here to view the August 28, 2008 segment.

The Detroit Free Press wrote about the new Virginia Barbeque restaurant opening in Novi, Michigan, and the floodgates opened! People came in from really far away saying they had read the article and wanted to try our authentic Southern Barbeque! Click here to read the entire August 29, 2008 article.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports on how Virginia Barbeque franchise donates its leftover fry grease to a local man who uses it to (bio) fuel his car. Click here to read the entire July 16, 2008 article.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch profiles Virginia Barbeque in its section on the "unprecedented growth spurt in the [franchising] industry." Click here to read the entire article.

WUSA9, the regional CBS affiliate broadcasting into 34 counties over four states and the District of Columbia, did a cooking segment with Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey for the 4th of July. Watch the Jul 2, 2008 video.

Franchise Times reports on the charitable good works of Virginia Barbeque. Austin Ivey, the 16-year-old son of Virginia Barbeque Founder and CEO Rick Ivey, orchestrated a food drive that resulted in 90 homeless and low-income women being fed at the N Street Village, a Women's Shelter in Washington, D.C. Click here to read the entire article.

Elliot in the Morning, DC101-FM, declares the Virginia Barbeque food "excellent" and invites his listeners looking to change their careers to come by and visit Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey at the International Franchise Expo April 11-13, where he was selling Virginia Barbeque franchises. Click here to listen to the April 7, 2008 segment.

Hanover Lifestyle sent two official taste testers to the local barbeque joints and both raved about Virginia Barbeque: ".the Virginia barbecue practically melted in my mouth," declared the first taster, and the second proclaimed ".the barbeque we tasted from Virginia Barbeque on England Street in Ashland was the best beef I've ever had." Click here to read the entire April 2, 2008 edition.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star showcases the Virginia Barbeque franchise system, which has managed to thrive despite the economic downturn thanks to multiple innovations CEO Rick Ivey incorporated into the fast food barbeque chain. Click here to read the entire March 23, 2008 article.

Inside Biz, the Hampton Roads Business Journal in Virginia, profiles Virginia Barbeque Area Developer Major Mark Peterson, who participated in the VetFran initiative and received the $5,000 off the $20,000 franchise fee. In describing why he selected to invest in Virginia Barbeque over other possible franchises, Peterson said "he liked the CEO's drive to become the 'McDonald's of the barbecue industry'." Peterson's first restaurant is slated to open in Carrollton in two months. Click here to read the entire March 17, 2008 article.

Elliot in the Morning, DC101-FM, was the first to try the new onions rings that were just added to the Virginia Barbeque menu. How did he like them? He declared them "@#$! good!" Click here to listen to the March 3, 2008 segment.

Chain Leader declares Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey "is on the vanguard of a new way of thinking about restaurant equipment and its energy implications." Through smart use of existing kitchen equipment, he has reduced his average restaurant energy costs by an estimated 50 percent. March 2008.

Franchising World quotes Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey listing the many benefits of participating in the newly added Central Virginia Franchise and Finance Expo. February 2008.

WWBT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Richmond, VA., profiles the Virginia Barbeque restaurant in its "Restaurant Report." Walter Witt declares it "the best barbeque on the planet." Feb. 15, 2008.

WDEL Radio profiles Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey in this radio broadcast that reached 2.8 million listeners. The segment was played a total of six times starting on January 3 and ending on January 5. Click here to listen to the segment.

Franchising World published a column written by Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey extolling the virtues of the International Franchise Association and its Franchise Development Super Session, which he attends every year for the benefits and resources it brings his chain. The column was published in the January 2008 magazine.

The Piedmont Review of Food hails Virginia Barbeque offerings as "a formidable slaw," "really, really, really good [Mac and Cheese]", and "nothing less than a damn tasty sammich." Click here to read the entire posting.

The News Journal reported that Virginia Barbeque Area Developer Dan Maher opened his first of his several expected restaurants at the Middletown Crossing Shopping Center in Delaware. Click here to read the entire article.

The Delaware Business Ledger covered the grand opening of Virginia Barbeque Area Developer Dan Maher's first restaurant in Delaware. He plans to open at least four more restaurants throughout New Castle and Kent counties in Delaware and Chester County in Pennsylvania. Click here to read the entire January 2, 2008 article, and here to read the entire press release the Ledger posted to its website as well. Click here to read the posting on Word Press Niche Blogs.

The Star Exponent profiles Virginia Barbeque's 437 Meadow Brooke Shopping Center restaurant and focuses on how the family-run business provides a great, down home atmosphere in which to enjoy the award-winning barbeque. Click here to read the entire article.

2007

Virginia Bicycling Federation awards Virginia Barbeque location in Ashland with its official "Bicycling Friendly Award," noting that the owners always go out of their way to accommodate the group even though they close to the 8 p.m. closing time. Owners Jon and Sara Hughes "do whatever is necessary to make sure everyone is served and leaves well fed and happy." Click here to read the entire Nov. 27, 2007 article.

The Daily Press profiles the Virginia Barbeque chain for the centerpiece story in its Business Section, Sunday edition! Focusing on its growth and military-friendly business model, the Virginia newspaper interviews Army veteran and Newport News Virginia Barbeque franchise owner Greg Cassius, and Air Force veteran and Virginia Barbeque area developer Mark Peterson, who both invested in the chain with the assistance of the VetFran program. Click here to read the entire November 18, 2007 article.

The Press-Enterprise reports that Virginia Barbeque area developer Louis Hauge will open two restaurants in the Inland Valley area east of Los Angeles in 2008, the first one in Temecula and the second one in Murrieta. Hauge owns the rights to develop a total of 12 Virginia Barbeque franchises in Temecula, Murrieta, Corona, Lake Elsinore and Riverside. He plans to build 10 more restaurants with other potential franchisees starting in 2009. Click here to read the entire Nov. 11, 2007 article.

WWBT-TV, the NBC affiliate in Richmond, Va., profiles the Virginia Barbeque restaurant in its "Restaurant Report" as an example of how to keep your restaurant infraction-free on health inspections. Franchisees Beau and Betsy Dabney received a "Hall of Fame Award" earlier this year for receiving a year of perfect inspections from the Virginia Department of Health. Click here to view the entire November 8, 2007 segment.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star writes of Virginia Barbeque's growth, and notes the Fredericksburg-based chain is expanding into Delaware, Arizona and possibly over the Atlantic. Click here to read the entire August 29, 2007 article.

The News Journal (Delaware) declares "It's a good time to be a barbecue lover in Delaware" now that there is going to be a new pig in town! The article profiles Virginia Barbeque area developer Dan Maher and his first of a dozen restaurants he will open in parts of Delaware and Pennsylvania. Click here to read the complete August 8, 2007 article.

The Washington Post finds the hush puppies “deeply addictive” and “worth stopping by Virginia Barbeque just for those morsels.” Click here to read the complete March 29, 2007 article.

-- 4 of 4 star rating AND Editors' Pick - Washington Post City Guide 2007

The Virginian-Pilot reports that five Virginia Barbeque franchises will open in Chesapeake, Suffolk and Isle of Wight County. The chain provided area developer Mark Peterson with a VetFran discount in recognition of his service to his country. October 27, 2007.

Fast Casual magazine interviews Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey, who foresaw the problems that are hindering fast casual chains such as Applebee's, and adjusted his business model to successfully avoid them. Click here to read the entire article in the August/September edition.

The Street profiles Virginia Barbeque as one of the "Five Great Franchises for 2008." The fast food chain wins raves for "keeping business simple and cheaper than the rest." Click here to read the entire November 8, 2007 article.

QSR magazine reports that Temecula resident Louis Hauge will sign an area development deal with the Virginia Barbeque franchise, October 19, 2007. Hauge will develop 12 restaurants throughout the communities of Corona, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Riverside and Temecula. Hauge plans to personally open a number of restaurants throughout his territory, and will develop the rest of his territory by selling restaurant locations to other potential franchisees. Click here to read the entire October 18 article.

Daily Press reports on what's cooking at the local political races. "Barbecue crosses all political boundaries," said Virginia Barbeque franchisee Vince Miller. The Ruther Glen restaurateur who was tapped to cater an important political gathering for Congressional candidate Paul Jost explained that barbecue "is a uniter." Click here to read the entire Nov. 11, 2007 article.

Franchise Times writes about Virginia Barbeque's recent area development agreement with Delaware resident Dan Maher. Maher plans to open a dozen restaurants across his territory that covers parts of Delaware and Pennsylvania. His first restaurant is slated to open in Middletown, Del. in October. Click here to read the entire article.

WRIC, the ABC affiliate in Richmond, Va., profiles Virginia Barbeque franchisees Beau and Betsy Dabney in their Lakeside restaurant. Reporter Chip Tarkenton says this of the food: “It is delicious and it’s convenient, it’s easy to get to, the deals…are sensational.” Click here to view the complete May 11, 2007 segment.

Federal News Today interviews Fredericksburg Virginia Barbeque restaurant owner Alan Martinez and International Franchise Association President Matthew Shay about the VetFran program. Participant Virginia Barbeque offers a $5,000 discount off its franchise fee to honorably discharged veterans. Click to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the May 14, 2007 segment.

WUSA9, the regional CBS affiliate broadcasting into 34 counties over four states and the District of Columbia, did a cooking segment with Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey and discussed the growth of the chain. Click here to view the April 3, 2007 video. Click here to view one of Virginia Barbeque’s recipes that WUSA9 posted on its Web site.

The Franchise Times quotes Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey in its franchise convention feedback section on the value of the annual meeting to leaders in the franchise community. The article appeared in the April 2007 edition.

Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times and Air Force Times profiles Virginia Barbeque franchisee Alan Martinez, the 700th veteran to buy a franchise through the VetFran program, and provides helpful information on the national VetFran program for potential investors. Click here to read the complete April 12, 2007 article.

Nation’s Restaurant News profiles Fredericksburg Virginia Barbeque restaurant owner Alan Martinez as one of two shining examples of the VetFran program, and why veterans with their discipline and drive make such great franchisees. Click here to read the complete May 21, 2007 article.

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson recognizes Virginia Barbeque franchisee Alan Martinez at the International Franchise Expo grand opening ceremony in Washington, D.C. Click here to read the complete March 30, 2007 press release posted on the government Web site.

NBC12 Restaurant Report went to Beau and Betsy Dabney’s Virginia Barbeque restaurant in Richmond, VA to film them receiving the “Hall of Fame Award” for receiving a year of perfect inspections from the Virginia Department of Health. Click here to view the video.

The North County Times reports that there will soon be "Q in CA"! Virginia Barbeque area developer Louis Hauge plans to develop or sell 12 Virginia Barbeque restaurants east of Los Angeles in the Riverside County. Click here to read the entire October 20 media mention.

Midstate Living reports that local Delaware resident and area developer Dan Maher will soon open a Virginia Barbeque in Middletown, Delaware. Click here to read entire August 2007 article.

Culpeper Times profiles Virginia Barbeque restaurant owner and "Pit Boss" Dee Dee Walton, and writes about how the barbeque makes "your stomach growl with its intoxicating scent." Click here to view the entire Sept. 20, 2007 article.

Culpeper Star-Exponent shows Mayor Pranas Rimeikis with Virginia Barbeque restaurant owners Dee Dee and Mike Walton celebrating in front of the Virginia Barbeque mascot after their official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Click here to view the entire Sept. 9, 2007 article.

Elliot in the Morning, DC101-FM, WRXL-FM gives a shout out to Virginia Barbeque and the charity work they’re doing to help the troops. Click here to listen to the April 19, 2007 segment.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star writes about Virginia Barbeque franchisee Alan Martinez recognized as the 700th veteran to buy a franchise through the VetFran program. Click here to read the complete March 20, 2007 article.

2006

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star visits the Fredericksburg Virginia Barbeque restaurant, raves about the food, and declares "Judging from the Fredericksburg location, it's no surprise that Virginia Barbeques are blooming around the area. It is, rather, a testament to [Virginia Barbeque CEO] Ivey's acumen in both business and barbecue." Click here to read the entire April 20, 2006 article.

Potomac News writes about Virginia Barbeque franchisee John Singletary and how he is donating barbeque for 100 people to help raise money for the troops. Click here to read the complete April 11, 2007 article.

Franchise International magazine, published in Norwich, England, writes about the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs recognizing Virginia Barbeque franchisee Alan Martinez as the 700th veteran to buy a franchise through the VetFran program. Click here to read more.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star recommends that whenever you have a lot of house guests, you should "Go to Virginia Barbeque and pick up a takeout order of a suitable number of their "family special"--a pint each of pork barbecue, baked beans and coleslaw, along with four addictively fluffy corn muffins and four buns. Let your house guests pick away at these Southern favorites as they settle in for the weekend." Click here to read entire July 19, 2006 article.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star chronicles the reign of Barbie Q. Queen, beloved mascot of a local Virginia Barbeque restaurant. Click here to read the entire August 18, 2006 article.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star follows the saga of Virginia Barbeque mascot, Barbie Q. Queen, who will be auctioned off for though e-Bay, with the proceeds to go to charity. Click here to read the entire July 28, 2006 article.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star updates the locals on their favorite mascot, Barbie Q. Queen, who went to live on a farm but is still visited by well wishers from West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and even as far away as Denmark! Click here to read the entire December 12, 2006 article.

North of the James Magazinedeclares Virginia Barbeque "the best barbeque they ever had." Click here to view the May 2006 article.

Richmond Times - Dispatch details the "rich history" of Ashland, and notes one particular draw is it "may be the only place in greater Richmond where you can choose among Virginia, North Carolina and Texas styles of barbecue under one roof - that of Virginia Barbeque." March 24, 2006.

Chamber Link, the magazine for the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, profile Virginia Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Ivey, who the Chamber named the 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year. Magazine date March 2006, Volume 23 #3. Click here to view list of award recipients.

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star first broke the news that Virginia Barbeque was going national! Click here to read the entire Feb. 2, 2006 article.

2005

Richmond Magazine declares Virginia Barbeque "The Region's Best Barbeque". Click here to read the 2005 article.

2004

The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Feb. 9, 2004 - A day that shall live in infamy! That is the day the article came out that tipped Virginia Barbeque over the top. More readers responded to this article than any other that year, as they huffed and puffed about a man's right to display his fiberglass pig. Click here to read the entire article.

The Washington Post reports on Virginia Barbeque CEO Rick Ivey's work "rev up Virginia's barbecue scene" by organizing a state barbecue championship, Virginia Barbeque Fest, which has "the enthusiastic backing of the Virginia Pork Board -- plus commercial oomph." Click here to read the entire June 13, 2004 article.

2000

Richmond Times - Dispatch The headline pretty much says it all: "Virginia Barbeque Offers Great Meats, Stellar Potato Salad." This is the article that really launched Virginia Barbeque toward becoming what it is today. December 7, 2000.

Press Releases

Critically Acclaimed Barbeque Restaurant Opening in Culpeper, Va., August 28
August 25, 2007

Virginia Barbeque Area Development Deal Announced, To Cover Parts of Pennsylvania and Delaware
August 25, 2007

Virginia Barbeque Opening in Chancellorsville, Va.
March 9, 2007

Grand Opening in Tappahannock, Va.
May 11, 2007

Local Businessman Goes the Whole Hog for the Troops
April 7, 2007

Veterans Affairs Sec. Nicholson Recognizes 700th Veteran To Open Franchised-Small Business via Special Program
Released by the International Franchise Association
March 30, 2007

Year of the (Barbequed) Pig
2007 general press release on the franchise system

Virginia-Based Barbeque Franchise Exhibiting at D.C. Expo
March 30, 2007

Veteran Opens Critically Acclaimed Barbeque Restaurant
March 15, 2007

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