Wednesday, August 16, 2023

[EXCLUSIVE] Award Winning Barbecue Joint Opening Another Atlanta Area Outpost

A new location of City Barbeque is headed to town.  With three metro Atlanta locations open, one opening this month and another on the way, a sixth is coming to McDonough.  The new restaurant, planned for 1220 Jonesboro Road, will be ground-up construction on a cleared lot in front of an existing Life Storage facility.  

The new City Barbeque will be a little more than 3,500 square feet and like the Snellville restaurant slated to open August 28 and an Woodstock outpost along Highway 92, will also feature a drive-thru.  The drive-thru is a relatively new feature for City Barbeque but one that company executives are counting on to drive continued growth of the brand.  

Every City Barbeque location has three smokers on site and offers smoked chicken, ribs, pulled pork, brisket and host of house-made sides and desserts.   

The McDonough City Barbeque location will be about seven miles from the original Shane's Rib Shack, a locally-owned BBQ franchise whose first location is literally located in a shack along Highway 155 in McDonough.  

Dublin, Ohio-based City Barbeque entered the Atlanta market in 2017 with a location along Scott Boulevard in the Sprouts-anchored Decatur Crossing shopping center.  A second opened in Johns Creek/Suwanee in Johns Creek Town Center in 2018, followed by a third at Abernathy Square in Sandy Springs in late 2019. 

City Barbeque today operates 67 locations in eight states and in July 2023 was named winner of Nation’s Restaurant News’ Barbecue Showdown, in which seven emerging barbecue restaurant chains competed for the title of readers’ favorite.

Planning documents reviewed by ToNeTo Atlanta indicate construction on the new McDonough restaurant is expected to start in October with a planned opening in February.  

Have you been to City Barbeque?  What is your favorite barbecue in metro Atlanta?  What other restaurant would you like to see open in McDonough?

Please share your thoughts below. 


Anonymous said...

I remember the brisket being very tough and salty and the manager at Abernathy Square was very defensive over it.

Anonymous said...

Are there any BBQ joints that have not won some award somewhere?

Anonymous said...


It's time to give the overused term "house made" a rest.

Disneypal said...

I like City BBQ, but my favorite BBQ in Atlanta is Dixie Q in Brookhaven

Anonymous said...

I've been to the original in Ohio and the one in Johns Creek. The original is much better, the quality isn't the same down here.

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