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Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a Dallas-based barbecue chain, will open a location in Abingdon on Thursday.

Former Harford County Public Schools teacher and administrator Mark Buzminsky will operate the fast-casual restaurant on Emmorton Road. He plans to open several more locations in the area.

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Dickey's was picked this year as a Top 10 growth chain by Nation's Restaurant News. Buzminsky has been looking at potential franchises for three years and thought the Dickey's concept would be a good fit near schools and military bases.

Dickey's also has Maryland locations in Gambrills and Germantown.

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As part of a three-day grand opening, Abingdon customers will have a chance to win free barbecue for a year. The first 50 eat-in diners will get gift cards worth up to $50, and on Saturday, the eatery will serve $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The chain was started in 1941 by Travis Dickey specializing in slow smoked barbecue and has grown to more than 450 locations in 42 states.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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