Business & Real Estate

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit closes in midtown; local concept eatery will replace it

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in midtown Sacramento has closed, but a new restaurant is planned for the site before spring arrives.

Franchisee and local real estate investor Jared Katzenbarger still oversees eight Dickey’s eateries in the region, but he said the restaurant at 1901 J St., was shut down last Saturday.

Katzenbarger said the current economic climate makes it very difficult to keep underperforming sites open. The midtown restaurant opened in 2013.

Katzenbarger was at the closed operation on Friday, already making plans to open a new restaurant at the site: “It’s my own concept … a twist on Greek-Mediterranean (cuisine).”

He said he’s aiming for a February opening.

Midtown has seen a flurry of restaurant openings over the past several years, which some business operators claim has created an extraordinarily competitive climate. Katzenbarger said he’s hopeful that his local concept restaurant on J Street will appeal to a wider group of consumers.

Dickey’s traces it national roots back to 1941, with Travis Dickey founding the chain in Dallas. Today, it has more than 550 restaurants in 44 states. Dickey’s bills itself as the nation’s largest barbecue chain.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover