Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is eyeing no fewer than seven new locations, from the New York metro area all the way to Boston. The chain is looking for "buildings with character," its real-estate developer wrote in an e-mail to Eater. Size is another consideration: Dinosaur requires 6,000 to 10,000 square feet of space.
So will it be Brooklyn or Queens or Boston or Long Island or North Jersey or Westchester or Connecticut to get the first new Dinosaur? "We're looking for properties that suit our location and vibe, so it's just a matter of the order in which we find them," Dinosaur's Lindsay Amorese tells us. This is the first major expansion push for Dinosaur, which opened in Syracuse in 1983 and later expanded to Rochester and Harlem. A new location in Troy, New York, will open this summer.
BBQ-crazy diners have much to look forward to if a Dinosaur opens in their town. Writing about the restaurant in 2006, New York's Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld raved, "It’s not that the pork ribs, the beef brisket, and the Texas hot links aren’t good. It’s just that the giant spice-rubbed and pit-smoked chicken wings — as toothsome an appetizer as ever was dipped into a tiny plastic cup of blue-cheese dressing and chased back with a celery stick — are such a hard act to follow."