And nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve Our Communities and Our Country. Then the two friends decided to do something together. Kraus’ two children joined the military, his eldest son joining the Marine Corps in 2008. He teamed up with his best friend Steve Newton and they combined a shared love of country and Bar-B-Q to open the first Mission BBQ in Glen Burnie, MD on Sept 11, 2011. It’s food for the soul every day.”He adds, “If that’s not something you want to partake in, come in at 12:02. “We started eating and taking notes,” Newton says. It was founded by former Under Armour executive Bill Kraus and former Outback Steakhouse executive Steve “Newt” Newton. “It’s more than just pulled pork at Mission BBQ,” he says.

“It’s amazing what you learn from your children about what’s important.

“They’re not allowed.”The restaurants smoke meat in the morning for lunch, and in the afternoon for dinner. We do what we do for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders—all our loved ones in service. Bill Kraus and Steve Newton, photo courtesy of Mission BBQ With a passion for BBQ and a love of Country, founders Bill Kraus and Steve Newton set out to honor, support and give back to Our American Heroes — … In the ultra-competitive world of restaurants, it’s not enough to simply sell prepared food to consumers. “Before we go into any market, we try to do a good job today wherever we are.”Still, there is demand for the concept in more markets, as its growth numbers demonstrate. “I’m the proud papa of two active duty military,” Kraus says.

“I fell in love with it,” says Kraus. It opened my eyes wide to a community I didn’t have nearly enough appreciation for.”After devising their purpose, Newton and Kraus decided that barbecue was the best fit for the company they planned to create.

These emerging chains are the growth vehicles to watch—the ones poised to be major industry players in the coming years.New restaurants and soon-to-open concepts worth monitoringRB’s exclusive ranking of the highest-grossing independent restaurantsPeter Romeo highlights the moments restaurateurs miss at their own perilWinsight is a leading B2B information services company focused on the food and beverage industry, providing insight and market intelligence to business leaders in every channel consumers buy food and beverage – convenience stores, grocery retailing, restaurants and noncommercial foodservice – through media, events, data products, advisory services, and trade shows.Mission BBQ: The fast-growing chain you might not know aboutThe story behind the flourishing chain began with a mission to support the military, firefighters and police officers.At one point in time, entrepreneurs would develop some recipes they liked and build a restaurant company around them. They attended the same church and their kids went to the same school, but they ultimately bonded over golf. “The best two minutes of the day are when the registers aren’t ringing,” Kraus says. November 16, 2018 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM EST “It’s patriotism at its best.” “Why we wanted to be in business, and what we wanted to do to serve, honor and thank American heroes.

Operators have to stand for something. “There’s a little bit of ocean, a little bit of blue sky,” Newton says. But it’s all about ‘Why are we in this business?’” There’s little doubt about the results. “We’re not afraid to step up and write a check,” Kraus says.The walls of Mission’s restaurants are adorned with patches, pictures and other memorabilia donated by the local community.And every restaurant shuts down for two minutes at noon.

But I’d rather you come in at 11:55.”Kraus had been a vice president of marketing for Under Armour, and Newton a regional vice president with Outback Steakhouse. “There are no microwaves or freezers,” he says. Mission’s system sales grew 61% in 2017, according to Technomic’s The fast-casual chain, which expects to finish 2018 with 80 locations in 16 states, gives a “significant portion” of its profits back to the community, through military nonprofits and charities for police and firefighters.

“We struck up a friendship.”That comradery was based, in part, on traveling. “The barbecue space reminded me of what I saw when I first got started with Outback Steakhouse,” Newton says. As the #COVID19 #pandemic continues to plague the #economy and businesses, many employers are thinking of opening b… BBQ opened its doors for business on September 11, 2011 and is now in nine states and still growing rapidly. It was founded by former Under Armour executive Bill Kraus and former Outback Steakhouse executive Steve “Newt” Newton. Both were on the road a lot for work, and they would often talk about the restaurants they dined in while traveling. Newton spent a lot of time in top steakhouses, while Kraus went to a lot of barbecue restaurants. Bill has 4 jobs listed on their profile. Everything stops for those two minutes. “Barbecue is low and slow,” Newton says.