Get food and drink specials starting at $3 as Red Hot & Blue celebrates “Spring into Flavor”.
Get these deals at participating locations:
- $3 Menu: Shakin’ Bacon Cheese Fries, Chocolate Parfait, Twisted Tea
- $4 Menu: Dill Pickle Chips, Coke Float, Sam ’76 Beer
- $5 Menu: Smoking Buffalo Wings, Smoked Idaho Potato, Sam Adams Seasonal
The first Red Hot and Blue restaurant opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1988, started by Lee Atwater, Don Sundquist and friends. These men were friends who longed for authentic Memphis-style barbecue and great blues music. Unable to find that combination anywhere in the Washington, DC area they decided the only way to get it done was to open a restaurant of their own.
In the early days, Red Hot and Blue had one portable, outdoor smoker in which all the meats were smoked. The Alexandria county health department didn’t allow outdoor smokers so whenever the smoke was billowing high, a health director inevitably arrived and asked them to turn it off. Pitmaster Sonny McKnight was Red Hot and Blue’s very first employee and he recalls how he would load the portable smoker onto his truck and drive for hours until the food was cooked to avoid confrontation with the health director. “After a couple hours on the freeway, I’d come back and we’d unload the meat at the restaurant,” McKnight said.
From the beginning, the Arlington Red Hot and Blue restaurant was a bipartisan hot spot. “It was common to see Congressmen from opposing political parties playing in the band together or sharing a rack of ribs and a cold brew,” McKnight said. “Red Hot and Blue was the first to introduce Washingtonians to full-flavored, authentic Memphis-style barbecue and true Southern hospitality.
Dancing Pigs, LLC, purchased the barbecue chain in 2006. Today there are 25 Red Hot and Blue restaurants in the U.S. Each feature Blues themed memorabilia and a huge “Dancing Pig” logos in their buildings. The pigs — plus the wonderful hickory aroma of barbecue that permeates outside – entice customers into Red Hot and Blue restaurants across the country. There are 16 full-service dine-in, take-out and catering units in Annapolis, MD; Gaithersburg, MD; Laurel, MD; Cherry Hill, NJ; Joplin, MO; Raleigh, NC; Dallas, TX; Flower Mound, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Irving, TX; North Richland Hills, TX; Plano, TX; Leesburg, VA; Warrenton, VA and Williamsburg, VA.
Red Hot and Blue also offers two “express” quick-serve units located in Manassas, VA; and on-campus at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.