Fast-casual restaurant chain Dickey’s Barbecue of Dallas plans to open five new restaurants in Arkansas within the next two years.
Two of the restaurants should open this summer, according to spokeswoman Jami Zimmerman. One will open in a leased space at 4024 W. Green Acres in Rogers.
The other, to open in Searcy, doesn’t have a lease executed yet.
Franchisees are also lined up for restaurants in Bentonville, Fayetteville and Little Rock.
The company’s existing Arkansas restaurants are at 105 S. Dixieland Road in Lowell and 1951 E. U.S. Highway 412 in Siloam Springs.
The restaurants feature free ice cream everyday for dine-in guests and free kids meals on Sundays.
“We feel like Arkansas is our neighbor and it’s a natural fit for Dickey’s,” Zimmerman said. “This year, we’d like to see an explosion of barbecue in Arkansas.”