Mission BBQ opened up its first Florida location in Town 'N Country last year, and now plans to add two more locations in the Tampa Bay area.
Next month, Mission BBQ will open near USF, and then add a Brandon location in early fall.
The restaurant offers an extensive menu of meats, ribs, sandwiches and sides served up with a big helping of patriotism.
The company's motto, "Proudly serving those who serve," is reflected throughout the restaurant.
American and military flags are proudly displayed, and photos from local military, fire and police personnel adorn the walls. Each day at noon, everyone joins in with the singing of the national anthem.
"Anytime you walk into a Mission BBQ, you know where you are," said Bill Leahy, market partner. "There are certain characteristics."
Mission BBQ supports a number of charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which is based in Tampa. Diners can purchase the American Heroes Cup, which helps support local and national charities and organizations.
Though the USF restaurant hasn't opened yet, Mission BBQ has already provided meals for local military and civil service personnel, as well as athletic teams. Leahy said that their food is very popular with athletes because of the high protein content. The Bulls football team has already gotten to sample Mission BBQ's food.
"We fed USF football down in Miami at their bowl game," Leahy said.
Mission BBQ is at 13612 Bruce B Downs Blvd. and will be open Monday-Thursday 11 a,m,-9 p,m,, Friday and Saturday 11 a,m,-10 p,m, and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Catering is available for groups of all sizes. For more information, call (813) 443-9443, or visit mission-bbq.com.
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