Red Hot & Blue (restaurant)
|Industry||Caterer, Restaurant, Full service and fast casual dining - and Take-Out|
|Genre||Memphis-style Barbecue, Ribs, Brisket, Wings, Smoked Chicken and Southern Seafood|
|Successor||John Walker, Randy McCann|
|Founder||Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist, Bob Friedman, Joel Wood, Wendell Moore|
|Headquarters||22 locations throughout the Southeast, Headquarters: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.|
Number of locations
WASHINGTON DC metro area and suburbs: Fairfax, VA; Herndon, VA; Kingstowne, VA; Manassas, VA; Leesburg, VA; Warrenton, VA; Annapolis, MD; Deerwood & Gaithersburg, MD; Laurel, MD TEXAS: Dallas; Plano; Irving; Flower Mound; North Richland Hills; Ft Worth NORTH CAROLINA: Cary; Raleigh; Winston-Salem Other Locations: Joplin, Missouri Cherry Hill, New JerseyWilliamsburg, VA
|CEO: John Walker; COO: Randy McCann; Pitmaster: Sonny McKnight|
|Products||Hickory-smoked pulled pork, St. Louis-Style "dry" rubbed ribs, beef brisket, smoked chicken wings, famous potato salad|
|Services||Catering, Full service and fast casual dining, Take-Out|
|Owner||John Walker and Randy McCann|
|Subsidiaries||Franchise opportunities are available|
Red Hot & Blue is a Memphis style barbecue restaurant franchise founded by political strategist Lee Atwater and former House of Representatives member Don Sundquist of Memphis, Tennessee, among others.
Red Hot and Blue was founded in 1989 by Atwater, Sundquist, Bob Friedman, Joel Wood, and Wendell Moore, with its first location in Arlington, VA, near Washington, DC. Friedman described the concept of the restaurant as "pigs, pork, and blues" as reflected in the company's logo. The name is taken from the title of DJ Dewey Phillips' radio show which aired on WHBQ-AM in Memphis in the 1950s.
The restaurant was voted Best Barbecue by Leading Consumer Magazine in 2006.
In 1997, the owners of Red Hot and Blue sued Let's Do Barbecue, the parent company of Fat Jack's restaurant of Berlin, New Jersey, alleging unfair trade practices. According to court documents, Let's Do Barbecue's president and CEO Glenn Gross "gained much of his insight into the barbecue business" while an employee of the Cherry Hill, New Jersey Red Hot and Blue. These accusations were found to be untrue during a lengthy court battle with the company.
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- Clabaugh, Jeff. "Red Hot & Blue gets top BBQ award". Washington Business Journal. Bizjournals.com. 29 June 2006.
- Webber, Maura. "BBQ Wars: the Fat Jack attack". Philadelphia Business Journal. Bizjournals.com 28 March 1997.
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