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Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened its first restaurant in Fresno in November 2014. It continues to expand with more restaurants in Fresno and Clovis.

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened its first restaurant in Fresno in November 2014. It continues to expand with more restaurants in Fresno and Clovis.

Growing up, Benjy Egel was referred to by his family as “the human garbage disposal.” He parlayed that love of food into a job covering restaurants and bars for The Bee, including trends, openings and lawsuits. A Sacramento native, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.