The Sunshine State Gets a Southern Favorite with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit



The Sunshine State Gets a Southern Favorite with New Dickey's Barbecue PitFirst Hernando County Location Opens with Three-day Grand Opening

The Sunshine State Gets a Southern Favorite with New Dickey's Barbecue PitDavid Ambrose and Steven Phillips met in Brooksville over 10 years ago when their kids were growing up together. Ambrose was looking for a new business opportunity and Phillips’ restaurant experience made him the perfect business partner. Both men knew Hernando County was missing a southern staple, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. On Thursday, January 8 at 11 a.m., Dickey’s Barbecue opens in Brooksville with a three day grand opening.

“Folks from Hernando County have been stopping by to let us know how much they’re looking forward to our opening – we can’t wait to serve up great barbecue and celebrate,” said first time owner, Steven Phillips. “I’ve worked as a restaurant manager for years, so I know a great brand like Dickey’s Barbecue will be a huge success here.”

The three day barbecue bash includes:

  • Thursday offers the first 50 dine in guests gift cards ranging from $5 to $50.
  • Friday includes t-shirts, tote bags and sunglasses when Dickey’s Barbecue Pit offers all day merchandise giveaways.
  • Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., guests can stop by for radio station Hits 106 when one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners receive free barbecue for an entire year. Guests also get a barbecue deal with $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.

Ambrose and Phillips hope to open three more locations in surrounding Springhill. The new Dickey’s Barbecue in Brooksville is located at 19348 Cortez Boulevard and the phone number is 352.269.0019.

For Dickey’s Barbecue franchise opportunities call (866) 340-6188 or visit www.dickeysfranchising.com.


Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, “We Speak Barbecue.” The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to over 470 locations in 42 states. This year Dickey’s Barbecue was recognized for the third year by Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top 10 Growth Chain” and by Technomic as the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country.” For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.