From Navy Veteran to Pit Master: Port Orchard Resident Opens Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

From Navy Veteran to Pit Master: Port Orchard Resident Opens Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Leading Fast-Casual Concept Kicks Off with Three Day Barbecue Party

Thomas Driver will add another achievement to his long list on Thursday, July 17 at 11 a.m., when he opens his first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Port Orchard. The Port Orchard resident retired in 2010 after a 27-year Navy career as a senior officer and hospital administrator. He also holds a law degree, doctorate in ministry and a PH.D in business. To celebrate his newest success, Driver is hosting a three-day grand opening celebration. The first 50 guests will receive gift cards worth up to $50.

“I’m looking forward to the community of Port Orchard having an exciting new concept and getting to finally experience authentic barbecue,” said first time franchise owner, Thomas Driver. “I’ve always wanted to own a restaurant and Dickey’s Barbecue offered the exact concept and food that fit my business appetite.”

Friday, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will offer all day merchandise giveaways. On Saturday, radio station 94.1 KMPS will be on-site and customers can stop by for $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches from noon to 2 p.m.  Also, one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card, two winners will receive free barbecue for an entire year.

Driver has four more Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations planned for the Kitsap Peninsula area. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Port Orchard is located at 1800 Mile Hill Drive, Suite 160 & 170 and the store phone number is 360-602-0424. Can’t wait till July 17? Check out all the details on this new location on Facebook.

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From Navy Veteran to Pit Master: Port Orchard Resident Opens Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue was founded by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. More than 73 years later, the Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise still offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids meals every Sunday. All meats are slow smoked onsite in each restaurant. The fast-casual family-friendly concept has expanded to over 400 locations in 40 states and holds the title of the world’s largest barbecue franchise. This year Technomic named Dickey’s “Fastest-growing restaurant in the country” and they were also named “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine. For more information, visit Dickey’s or for barbecue franchise opportunities call (866) 340-6188.