The concept of Real Barbecue and great Ribs started out with a small family-style barbecue operation in 1989 on U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, Florida. With t.. read morehe success of that location a second restaurant opened in Cape Coral in 1990.
Having outgrown the small location on U.S. 41, by 1992, a move was made up the street to a larger building along with partners Paul and Craig Peden, successful restaurateurs in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. Later that same year, they converted a Fort Myers Beach location into a Rib City®, and the legend continued. In 1994, a location in North Naples was opened and Rib City's® award-winning Baby Back Ribs were now available in two counties.
Our original rib man was bought out in 1995 by Father and Son partners Paul and Craig Peden. As the awards and the customers' suggestions for new locations piled up, the Peden's added eleven more locations within the next ten years...East Fort Myers in 1996; East Naples in 1997; Immokalee in 1998; North Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres in 1999; St. Petersburg in 2002; Venice in 2004; South Fort Myers and North Fort Myers in 2005. With 12 restaurant locations in four counties, Floridians (and visitors from all over the world) can enjoy Rib City's® award-winning Baby Back Ribs and Barbecue that have now, some 19 years later, become "The Ribs That Legends Are Made Of..."
Offering Franchises was the next step in the Rib City® story and that chapter began in 2004 with restaurant locations in Littleton and Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2005 Franchise locations opened in Fruita and Arvada, Colorado. In 2006 Franchise locations opened in Vancouver, Washington; American Fork, Utah; Montrose, Colorado and Fairfield, Ohio. In 2007 restaurants opened Rifle, Colorado; Sandy, Utah and Flint, Michigan. In 2008 restaurants opened in Troy, Michigan; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Beaverton, Oregon and St. Louis, Missouri, bringing the total to 15. In 2009 and beyond Rib City® will nurture the growth of this aspect of the business with additional locations nationwide.
Through leadership, dedication and a love of the restaurant business, the Peden's have been able to maintain a superior quality in their products and services.