Brand ambassador Linda Dotterer confirmed in an email Monday that Mission BBQ will open at the former Friendly’s location in 2020, with its first day of service tentatively planned for late summer or early fall.
Construction is planned for early spring, Chris Black, director of operations for Mission BBQ in Western Maryland, wrote in an email Tuesday. The location will be the first for Carroll County.
Black and Dotterer did not immediately respond to requests for more information Tuesday.
Glen Burnie-based Mission BBQ is a chain known for brisket and patriotic support of soldiers, firefighters, and other first-responders. The business, which now has locations in 16 states, makes a point to hire veterans and each restaurant has a daily salute at noon in which staff and patrons stand for the national anthem, according to the company’s website.
Menu items include brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, “bay-b-back” ribs, mac ’n’ cheese and baked beans.
“Although we haven’t signed a lease for a location Westminster, we love the Westminster community,” Newton wrote. “Having family and friends that live there, we would love to be in Westminster. It would be our honor and privilege to serve and support the community there."