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Dillon’s serves up BBQ across West Valley
Eric Quade ~ Editor~ 4/9/2014
George Valverde, founder of Dillon’s, knows his barbeque. So much so that the restaurateur has expanded his business to four locations in the West Valley and was honored with the 2013 best barbeque in Phoenix award.
It’s no surprise that Valverde is a veteran in his line of work.
“I’ve been doing it since I was 16 years old,” he said. “I’ve done everything in the restaurant industry.”
Valverde said that he first moved into the Valley in 1995. While working for another company, he met Rich Dillon, who would later become his business partner.
“I was the one who actually approached him to see if he was interested in partnering up with me,” Valverde said. “Took us a year to find a location. We found the Thunderbird location. We opened in 1999, and it took off from there.”
The two knew right from the start that they wanted their restaurants to specialize in barbeque, Valverde said—Kansas City-style barbeque, specifically.
“He’s from Kansas City, I’m from Texas,” he said. “We both brought a little bit of barbequing to the game.”
Dillon’s owners want to take that game on the road even more in the future with an expansion of their catering services.
“Barbeque is a great food item to actually cater for weddings,” said Valverde, adding that his business currently caters all across Phoenix.
Each Dillon’s offers guests something a little different as far as ambiance. For example, their Lake Pleasant location has the lake appeal, while the Litchfield Park locale has a shark tank and zoo.
The Litchfield Park Dillon’s will also be the site of a Vietnam veteran benefit and car show on May 3.
For more car shows, check out the restaurant’s Arrowhead location on the first Saturday of every month.