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Glen Burnie-based Mission BBQ blends barbecue and patriotism in bid to become national brand

Glen Burnie-based Mission BBQ blends barbecue and patriotism in bid to become national brand

Bill Kraus is thankful for his country and for the people who've pledged to protect it. He's also thankful that about 10 years ago he agreed to play a round of golf with an acquaintance-turned-friend, Steve Newton.

The friendship between Kraus, a former Under Armour marketing executive, and Newton, a restaurant industry veteran, blossomed into a partnership that launched Mission BBQ, a fast-growing chain of fast-casual restaurants.

Now five years old with 41 locations in 11 states, the Baltimore-based chain is looking to double in size in two years, and Kraus and Newton say they plan to turn their concept of barbecue with a hefty helping of patriotism into a national brand....

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