Mission BBQ will open a second location in Delaware on Concord Pike

Mission BBQ, the patriotic counter-service barbecue restaurant, is planning another new location in Delaware.

The company recently posted a “coming soon” sign on the fences surrounding the old Pier 1 Imports on Concord Pike in Talleyville. The space sits around a corner from the Concord Gallery mall, which also includes Staples, Five Below and Bertucci’s.

Mission BBQ spokeswoman Linda Dotterer said the company plans to open the restaurant in late fall. On June 30, New Castle County issued a permit to Forrest Grove, a construction company that built most of Mission BBQ’s recent east coast expansions.

Mission BBQ’s calling card is its dedication to serving those “who have sworn to protect and serve our communities and our country,” reads the restaurant’s website. Memorabilia of the armed forces and the police line the wooden walls of the restaurants.

The menu offers a variety of meats, such as chicken, turkey, ribs and brisket, as well as a rotating dessert and several sides.

Pier 1 Imports filed for bankruptcy and closed 300 stores, including a location in Doverin February 2020. The company announced the closure of its remaining stores in May 2020 citing the impact of pandemic restrictions. In addition to the Concord Pike store, Pier 1 Imports had locations on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach and on Center Boulevard near the Christiana Mall.

The former Pier 1 Imports in the Concord Gallery on Concord Pike on July 14, 2022. Pier 1 Imports closed this location along with two others in Delaware in 2020 after filing for bankruptcy.  Mission BBQ plans to open a location here this fall.

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The only Mission BBQ currently in Delaware is on Route 13 in Dover.

Earlier this year, a Maryland company has filed plans to build a mission barbecue and a yet-to-be-determined fast food restaurant on Kirkwood Highway in Milltown. Dotterer said he signed a lease, but provided no further details.

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Under the regime, Mission BBQ and the fast-food restaurant would be built side-by-side at the edge of the Kirkwood Plaza mall, which is home to Kohl’s, Acme and Cafe Napoli. To make way for the new restaurants, the existing bank on the property would be demolished.

The projects correspond to the current zoning, but will require relief from the Council of Adjustment. The plan has not gone beyond the exploratory stages, according to county records.

Dotterer said Mission BBQ is hiring management positions for the Concord Pike restaurant. More information can be found at mission-bbq.com/join-our-team/.

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