A National Chain With A Hometown Flair


Dickey’s Barbeque Pit became a part of Laurel’s 16th Avenue scene when it opened its doors on May 11, 2010. Owned by Brent and Jennifer Lambert, and Jennifer’s mother, Mildred Barnes, this family team has brought a franchise restaurant to a local level with a hometown feel. 

Brent and Jennifer met in 1993 while working at the Bonanza steak house in Laurel. They both loved the atmosphere of a food establishment because working with the public and meeting new faces every day is something they both love. It only takes meeting them once to see that they have both have a heart for service. 

After Bonanza, Brent and Jennifer also both worked at Captain D’s and McAlister’s Deli before deciding to try their own hands at restaurant ownership. They did their research and talked to several franchises before deciding on Dickey’s. “We chose this franchise because we fell in love with the fall off the bone ribs the very first time we tried them,” said Jennifer. The couple also felt confident after talking with representatives of Dickey’s that the restaurant would be a good fit for their family. They liked knowing that the business had been around since 1941, and thateven from early beginnings in Dallas, Texas, it was and still is family-owned and operated. 

The Lamberts aren’t afraid to put in the hard work that is necessary to keep a business thriving either. Become a frequent patron of Dickey’s and you’ll find that you see Jennifer often working on the front line. It’s an added bonus to see her smiling face when patrons come to fill up on some excellent barbeque. 

Brent and Jennifer also believe in giving back to the community. They love being able to assist area schools and churches with fundraisers. They also offer a 10% discount for military service members, first responders, employees of South Central Regional Medical Center and senior citizens. And if that’s not enough, kids eat free on Sunday!

Whether you’re hungry for lunch, or you’re looking to have your next big event catered, hop on over and pay our local Dickey’s a visit. And don’t forget to grab your big yellow cup!

Stephanie Higginbotham