New Owner Looks to be the Big Man on Campus at University of Michigan

New Owner Looks to be the Big Man on Campus at University of Michigan

Two new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations come to Ann Arbor

New Owner Looks to be the Big Man on Campus at University of MichiganWilliam Kaufman plans to open a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit location on the University of Michigan campus. The student body of the University of Michigan represents approximately 38 percent of the total population of the city of Ann Arbor.

Kaufman’s newly signed development agreement of two Dickey’s locations will be carried out with the first location opening in May 2017 at the Washtenaw Commons Retail Center. Kaufman’s second location will open in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor on the University of Michigan Campus.

“We’re excited William Kaufman is joining the Dickey family and bringing barbecue to the campus,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We think William is right when he says Michigan students will love our real pit smoked barbecue.”

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Kaufman grew up visiting family in Texas where he fell in love with Texas-style barbecue, and Dickey’s in particular. “I grew up eating Dickey’s and I am excited to bring the residents of Ann Arbor their own little bit of Texas-style barbecue,” says Kaufman. “I am most looking forward to opening our campus location to win the hearts of the students of the University of Michigan.”

Kaufman enters into his new venture with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit with his wife, Rebecca and they look forward to opening more stores in the future.

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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, savory sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to more than 600 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” and ranked in the top ten of Franchise Times’ “Fast and Serious.” Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 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 or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.