Corky's Ribs & BBQ, The #1 BBQ Joint From Memphis, To Open First Houston Area Location in Katy
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Corky’s BBQ, a Memphis BBQ legend for nearly 35 years, announced on February 13th. 2018 an expansion and franchise agreement for multiple locations in greater metropolitan Houston and Dallas, Texas. Experienced franchisees and operators, Andria Cain and Bruce Gingrich of Squealing Pigs, LLC plan to open up to three locations in the Houston area this year with the first location to open by September 2018. Squealing Pigs, LLC has the rights to open up to 17 locations in the Houston and Dallas markets to meet business demands.
“Texans love barbecue, and we are excited to introduce them to the world-famous Memphis-style of Corky’s BBQ with fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs, succulent BBQ pulled pork, delicious BBQ chicken, bold beef brisket and even more southern favorites like fried catfish, BBQ nachos, and fried pickles. Pairing Corky’s fantastic food with the authentic Memphis dining experience and regular live entertainment, plus a few Texas embellishments we have up our sleeve, will be a home run for our locations and our fellow Texans. We can’t wait to show Houston and Dallas a good time with Corky’s,” said Andria Cain, Corky’s franchisee, and partner of Squealing Pigs, LLC.
Corky’s has been a Memphis BBQ institution since it was opened by Don Pelts nearly 35 years ago. Still family-owned and operated by the Pelts and Woodman families, Corky’s has grown from one small restaurant in East Memphis to four full-service restaurants in the Memphis area, two outlets inside Memphis Kroger locations, four franchise locations outside of Memphis — two in Little Rock, Arkansas, one in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and one in Brentwood, Tennessee; plus a large online and shipping and regular QVC presence.
“We are so excited that Andria and Bruce will be joining the Corky’s family to bring good Memphis-style BBQ and the Memphis experience through Corky’s BBQ to the Houston and Dallas, Texas, areas. Everything is bigger in Texas and we look forward to supporting and watching the Texas operations flourish! We know the Houston and Dallas markets are going to go hog-wild for Corky’s BBQ,” said Barry Pelts, Co-Owner of Corky’s BBQ.
Cain and Gingrich are no strangers to franchising and the food and entertainment business. Cain has operated Panera and Applebee’s franchises over her 30-year career, while Gingrich started and grew Lifecheck Pharmacies into the largest single owner pharmacy operation in the country, as well as owning a number of successful pubs.
“As a business partner and franchisee, it is so important to believe in and trust your business partners. We have come to know and respect the families involved in Corky’s and have a great amount of trust and respect for them, the Corky’s business, and, of course, the Corky’s product,” said Bruce Gingrich, Corky’s franchisee, and partner of Squealing Pigs, LLC. “As Andria said, we look forward to delivering great Memphis-style BBQ and service to our friends and neighbors in the Houston and Dallas markets.”
Corky’s isn’t the only Memphis connection for Cain. Her son has been treated at St. Jude for the last 16 years, and the family is a big supporter of St. Jude, having recently hosted a fundraiser in Texas that raised $222,000 for the Memphis-based hospital.
“Memphis is like a second home to us, and our family owes so much to St. Jude that we try to help out in any way we can. St. Jude means the world to me, and I just thank them every day for everything they have done for our family,” said Cain.
About Corky’s BBQ:
Corky’s BBQ lives and breathes in the BBQ CAPITAL OF THE WORLD: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE! Home to over 100 BBQ specific restaurants, Corky’s has been Voted #1 BBQ in Memphis by readers polls over 22 times! Don Pelts decided over 30 years ago to open Corky’s BBQ with the following requirements:
1. Buy the very best raw products
2. Cook the old-fashioned way over hickory and charcoal
3. Hire the best team to support his vision for Corky’s
4. Do it right EVERY TIME!
The success of Corky’s dining room business led to a booming drive-thru / take out business that had never been done before in Memphis BBQ. Within a year of opening, Corky’s started taking its great BBQ to people’s homes, businesses and picnic facilities with a full-service catering team. They arrive, set up, serve and let the customer focus on having fun! Corky’s has catered events as large as 18,000 people and served them all in two hours! Such a large number of out of town customers would enjoy a ‘Taste of Memphis’ while at Corky’s in the early years that they opened a USDA inspected processing facility in 1991. That original 900 square foot space has been improved over the years to now encompass 53,000 square feet! Corky’s BBQ is shipped overnight to sports stars, Hollywood celebrities, and other people all over the world. This facility also cooks all the food that Corky’s ships to Supermarkets including Wal-mart, Kroger, Publix, Costco, and many others. - (Morris Marketing Group)