On December 6, 2021, Dickey’s entered into a multi-unit franchise deal with Prosper Food Corporation to expand the reach of its Texas-style Barbecue. John Malinconico, CEO and President, signed an agreement for five Dickey’s multi-unit franchise locations over the next seven years. Malinconico is a seasoned entrepreneur with a history in commercial banking and underwriting. In October, Prosper Food acquired their first Dickey’s restaurant in Centereach, New York. The corporation intends to expand Dickey’s into four additional locations around Suffolk County, New York.
Malinconico knew right away that Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was the ideal, long-term partner in accelerating their business growth. The variety of operational formats available to them, including traditional stand-alone restaurants, virtual sites, and food trucks, will enable them to thrive in this dynamic and ever-changing business. They are delighted to open numerous restaurants in the Suffolk County territory over the next few years in collaboration with the experts in Texas-style barbecue.
CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group, Roland Dickey Jr., expresses his enthusiasm to welcome Prosper Food to their family of businesses. He called John an exceptionally talented and accomplished businessman to have joined Dickey’s Franchise family.
Prosper Food Corporation was founded in 2021 and is recognized as the developer of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Related Virtual Restaurant Brands in Suffolk County, New York. With the assistance of its investors, Prosper Food will continue to expand its Legit concept throughout Suffolk County systematically. Not only can fans enjoy Dickey’s slow-smoked meats, savory sides, and desserts on-site, but they can now order online through Dickeys.com, the Dickeys mobile app, or one of their several food delivery partners (Grub Hub, Door Dash, Uber Eats etc.).
Travis Dickey started Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest barbecue business, in 1941. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has served millions of customers over the last 80 years. Dickey’s is pleased to claim that there is no shortcut to authentic barbecue, which is why they never use the term. The family-owned barbecue restaurant in Dallas serves a variety of slow-smoked meats and healthful sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. Dickey’s currently has over 550 stores in the United States and six more countries, with plans to expand to over 600 sites by the end of 2021.
Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list named Dickey’s first place in 2016, and Entrepreneur named it a Top 500 Franchise in 2018 and a Hospitality Technology Industry Hero in 2021. Founded by Laura Rea Dickey, who was named one of the top 25 industry leaders on Fast Casual’s 2020 Top 100 Movers and Shakers list and has been featured on Fox News and Forbes, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by QSR Magazine, QSR Magazine, and Nation’s Restaurant News.