Texas-based chain Dickey’s Barbecue Pit signs three franchise agreements for SLO County

Texas-based chain Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has signed franchise agreements for locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande.

The chain is known for its pit-smoked meats, sandwiches, homestyle side dishes and complimentary ice cream, according to a news release. It also offers catering.

Dickey’s opened in 1941 in Dallas, began franchising in 1994, and is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. plans to open more than 40 more franchise locations across the nation in 2011, putting its year-end target at a total of 200 restaurants. The company has had a 35 percent average growth rate in the past two years, according to its website.

The company is finalizing leases on specific locations in the county, according to a Dickey’s representative.