In January, Grove City residents will have a shorter drive to City Barbeque.

In January, Grove City residents will have a shorter drive to City Barbeque.

The company will open a restaurant at 2261 Stringtown Road, its first restaurant in Grove City.

The business will create about 20 new jobs, a mix of full- and part-time positions, said City Barbeque president Rick Malir.

Malir said the company is making a “significant investment” in renovations.

“We're completely gutting and renovating the inside of the building,” he said.

The restaurant also added a patio covering about 500 square feet.

Malir said Grove City was one of the top locations requested by City Barbeque customers.

The closest locations to Grove City previously were in Reynoldsburg and Upper Arlington.

“We just thought it would be a good addition,” he said.

City Barbeque has seven locations in Columbus, six in Cincinnati, two in Dayton and one in Indianapolis.

Malir said City Barbeque had been looking for a site in Grove City for four or five years.

“We're very picky,” he said.

The restaurant will be open from roughly 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

City Barbeque offers pork and brisket sandwiches and other side dishes.

Everything will be cooked at the site, and most dishes will be completely prepared there, Malir said.

Three smokers will be installed.

“All we know how to do is barbeque,” Malir said.

Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage said he spoke with a representative from City Barbeque at least four years ago.

The city originally wanted the restaurant to open in the downtown area.

Stage said the restaurant will help revitalize the west side of Stringtown.

That area experienced some deterioration when the nearby Parkway Centre was developed, 10 or 12 years ago.

Development of the shopping area began in spring of 2003 with the construction of Walmart.

“People will seek out City Barbeque. It will help in generating additional business traffic,” Stage said.