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Mission BBQ to triple it size in 2014

MISSION BBQ, a fast casual BBQ restaurant with five locations throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, today announced it will open 10 new stores along the East Coast in 2014, bringing it to a total of 15 locations. The Maryland-based restaurant will serve traditional BBQ with a hefty side of patriotism in three new states including Virginia, North Carolina and Delaware, with continued expansion in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The first MISSON BBQ location to open in 2014 will be in Richmond, VA. Additionally, MISSION BBQ will add another building block to its business with the opening of a full service catering facility in Maryland, its home base of BBQ, making it easier and more efficient to service all of its consumers catering needs.

“We are right on target with our initial goal to open 40 restaurants nationwide by 2018,” said MISSION BBQ co-owner Bill Kraus. “It is a privilege to continue to grow our brand in each of these new communities. We may serve great BBQ, but we also serve a purpose, which is to honor our local community heroes as well as our country’s heroes who protect, serve and save.”

Not only is Mission BBQ known for its traditional, American BBQ, but they also donate proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, USO, Honor Flight Network, and a number of local fire and police charities in each of their communities. Every day, at exactly at 12 noon, the entire restaurant halts to honor Old Glory with the playing of the National Anthem. Patrons who dine at Mission BBQ should also know that proceeds from their lunch or dinner may be helping out with important fundraising and community support. The company’s expansion plans also continue to provide great opportunities for the brand to build a dedicated team in each region, and eventually nationally.

Prior to opening Mission BBQ, owner Bill Kraus worked for Under Armour, helping to grow the company’s revenue from $20 million to $800 million over a course of seven years. Co-owner Steve Newton has been in the restaurant industry for nearly three decades, and he spent 20 years as Outback Steakhouse’s Regional Vice President.

About Mission BBQ:
MISSION BBQ first opened its doors on September 11, 2011, on the tenth anniversary of the day that changed the world forever. Owners Bill Kraus and Steve Newton opened the restaurant with a mission to give back to local community and American Heroes, who protect, serve and save. They traveled across the country, from Texas to Kansas City, to the Carolinas and St. Louis to master America’s greatest contribution to culinary arts: BBQ! A few favorite menu items include Bay-B-Back Ribs; North Carolina Pulled Pork; and Jalapeno and Cheese Sausage. Each MISSION BBQ location supports and donates proceeds to numerous military charities including the Wounded Warrior Project, USO, Toys for Tots and the Honor Flight Network, as well as the many local police, fire and first responder charities in each of their communities. Every day, at exactly 12 noon, the entire restaurant halts to honor our country by saluting the flag, standing at attention and singing our National Anthem. MISSION BBQ offers customized catering for parties of all sizes, small and large, and has an authentic deuce and half military truck outfitted with a fully operational smoker that can roll in and feed your army. For more information about MISSION BBQ, please visit Follow Mission BBQ’s latest news at and

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