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Renowned Cardiologist Declares Barbecue Good for the Heart

Renowned Cardiologist Declares Barbecue Good for the Heart

(Chicago, IL) National expert in nutritional diet and cholesterol, Dr. Rohit Arora, recently inked a deal to develop seven Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations, five of which are slated to open in the United States’ largest airports. 

After 30 years of working in medicine and pioneering a devise for the cardiovascular field called an Enhanced External Counter-Pulsation (EECP), Dr. Arora is breaking into the food and beverage space with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. His first location is set to open in Chicago in late 2019 or early 2020. 

“I was interested in pursuing a barbecue concept because I believe following a low-fat, high-protein diet and incorporating lifestyle modifications are key elements to maintaining a healthy heart,” says Dr. Rohit Arora, A board certified cardiologist practicing in Chicago, Illinois. “However, when researching franchising opportunities, no other concept compared to Dickey’s in terms of taste, quality, process and dietary complements.”  

“At Dickey’s we believe barbecue is good for the heart and soul and we’re proud to have entrepreneurs such as Dr. Rohit who are as passionate about our food as we are join our family,” says Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Arora’s two flagship locations will be Chicago based with his first serving out of a traditional brick and mortar store and the other serving from a food truck for guests on the go. 

Arora has also set his sights on bringing delicious, authentic Texas-style barbecue to five of the United States’ highest traffic airports: O’Hare and Midway in Illinois, La Guardia in New York, Newark in New Jersey and the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. 

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.  

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. For the past 78 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit locations across the nation have served guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue.™ At Dickey’s, all our barbecued meats are smoked on-site in a hickory wood burning pit for up to 14 hours. The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and wholesome sides with ‘No B.S. (Bad Stuff)’ included. The fast-casual concept has expanded worldwide with 2 international locations in the UAE and operates over 500 locations in 44 states. In 2016, Dickey’s won first place on Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list and was named a Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur in 2018. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal, QSR Magazine, Forbes Magazine and Nation’s Restaurant News. For more information, visit


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