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Chicago-Based Restaurant Chain Founded by Michael LaPidus Leads Growth in BBQ Segment of Fast Casual Dining Industry with Focus on “Legendary Service” and “Culinary Excellence”

August 4, 2016 (LAGRANGE, IL) -- QSR names Q-BBQ one of their “10 Barbecue Fast Casual Restaurants to Watch.” Q-BBQ was named along with nine other restaurants across the US from New York to Richardson TX. According to QSR, “a new crop of operators is taking the barbecue experience to another level, leveraging modern-day fast-casual trends and customers’ culinary curiosity to scale high-quality concepts across the country.”

In Chicago, Q-BBQ has quietly become one of the fastest growing quick casual concepts in the area. When they opened 7 years ago, they were the forerunners in the space as the first quick casual barbecue restaurant in Chicagoland. Since then, for Q-BBQ it’s all about growth, with 5 locations, 200 employees, and $10M in annual sales.

For Q-BBQ Founder Michael LaPidus the key to Q-BBQ’s success is great food AND great customer service, “I spent a year traveling around the U.S. to every small barbecue stand I could find to perfect Q-BBQ’s authentic barbeque. But we don’t just sell barbeque; we serve reasons to come back.”

This is the mantra for Michael LaPidus, who has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into client service through staff training/development.

“We have great food, but if we don’t have amazing client service, provided by awesome humans, no one will bring their families to be a part of our family. We need to do this right.”

It has been a stellar year for Q-BBQ, they recently took home the People’s Choice Award for the second year in a row at the area’s largest rib festival, Ribfest Chicago. This win comes on the heels of a sold-out pop-up restaurant at the iconic Willis Tower and the opening of their fourth and fifth locations in Northwest Indiana and Oak Park in less than 6 months. With both critical accolades, and “raving fans,” Q-BBQ has become the fastest growing BBQ concept in the fast casual industry, a segment of the dining industry that continues to see unprecedented growth.

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About Q-BBQ:
Q-BBQ is a fast-casual Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant (2012, 2013) that specializes in authentic barbeque, featuring smoked Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Memphis dry rub chicken wings and signature homemade sides such as Hush Puppies and Mac-Q-roni. The counter-service, fine casual restaurant has locations in downtown LaGrange, downtown Naperville, Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, Schererville, IN and in Oak Park. Q-BBQ offers beer and wine, take-out, and catering, and the Lakeview location offers delivery, plus retail sales of its three signature sauces. For more information, visit,, or

What is Q? Watch Michael LaPidus "Papa Q" talk about our regional BBQ, awesome people, and what makes Q so very delicious!