Dickey's Barbecue Pit is scheduled to open its first restaurant in Lexington on Thursday.
The Dallas-based fast-casual Texas-style barbecue chain said this is its second restaurant to open in Kentucky this year.
This year, the trade magazines Technomic and Nation's Restaurant News named Dickey's the "fastest-growing restaurant in the country." The company was also named "Best Franchise Deal" by QSR Magazine.
The Lexington Dickey's Barbecue Pit is in Eastland Shopping Center at 1315 Winchester Road, Suite 325. The restaurant's phone number is (859) 303-7445.
It is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Thursday, and the first 50 guests will receive gift cards worth as much as $50, according to a news release.
Magdy Rizk is the owner of the Lexington franchise and will operate it with his brother Mina Rizk.
On Friday, customers can buy $2 pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches. One winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card, and three winners will receive free barbecue for a year.
On Saturday, the restaurant will offer merchandise giveaways all day, according to the news release.
Dickey's Barbecue has more than 400 restaurants in 40 states and claims to be the world's largest barbecue franchise.
The other Dickey's in Kentucky is at 285 North Hubbards Lane, near St. Matthews, in Louisville, and one is being built at 9930 Linn Station Road in Plainview Village, at Hurstbourne Parkway and Interstate 64.
Cheryl Truman: (859) 231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman.