This 40-year-old concept is part of the growing, multi-concept Pappas Restaurants group. Established by Chris and Harris Pappas as The Brisket House in downtown Houston in 1967, the name was changed in 1996 to Pappas Bar-B-Que and it was positioned with other operations under the Pappas corporate brand for growth. (Among the family’s other concepts are Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappasito’s Cantina, Pappas Seafood House, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Pappas Burger and Pappas Grill Steakhouse.) By 2005, the barbecue chain had grown to six restaurants and today comprises 20. Almost all are clustered in and around Houston, with one unit in Dallas. The casual, “real Texas barbecue” concept serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers dine-in, take-out and catering.

LocationHouston, Texas
2006 Systemwide Sales$33,000,000
% Change in Sales50.0%
2006 U.S. Units20
% Change in Units100.0%
2006 Average Unit Volume$2,200,000
% Change in AUV0.0%
Future 50 Year2007