Mission BBQ, a fast casual restaurant chain that pays tribute to military, police and fire personnel, is opening a new restaurant in Gurnee Monday, July 16.
This is the 70th location for the growing company and the second location in Illinois for the restaurant known for its "traditional American BBQ with a hefty side of patriotism."
Co-founders, Bill Kraus and Steve Newton achieved the original goal of 40 restaurants two years ahead of schedule in November 2016. The opening of the Gurnee location is part of Mission BBQ's new expansion plans, with a targeted goal of 80 restaurants throughout the Eastern U.S. by the end of 2018.
As is tradition with the opening of every Mission BBQ, the Gurnee location will host charity nights throughout the week leading up to the grand opening, with all sales donated to organizations chosen by local police and fire departments in the Gurnee Community, as well as to United Service Organizations.
An array of grand opening events are planned at the eatery at 6430 Grand Ave.
A couple of private parties are planned for firefighters and police officers on July 11 and 12 to benefit local charities.
Friday, July 13, is Military Appreciation Night. The event that is open to the public takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. and will benefit USO.
The grand opening is noon Monday, July 16.
Mission BBQ opened its doors for business on Sept. 11, 2011. "We believe there is nothing more American than BBQ. And nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve our communities and our country," the owners said.