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Jim Gilbertson spent seven years in the same capacity for Granite City.
The store is less than half the size of a traditional unit, with an emphasis on the bar and off-premise business.
The prototype for Clark Crew BBQ has opened, the first of several new concepts the company says it will unveil by Jan. 1.
For the first six weeks of Q4, off-premise business has lifted comparable sales for company units by 7%, according to parent BBQ Holdings.
The operations were sold on the brink of being closed to multiconcept operator and Famous Dave’s franchisee Ascend.
The barbecue ribs concept is trying four plant-based dishes that are traditionally made with beef or other animal proteins.
The company changed its name to accommodate the launch of Clark Crew BBQ.
The barbecue chain says to-go comps at company stores rose 6.8%, holding the decline in overall same-store sales to 0.8%. Franchisees' domestic comps rose 0.7%.
The chain's to-go and catering business has surged, while dine-in business has fallen.
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