Taylor Richardson and Andrew Kibler

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 2, 2013) – Fourteen-year-old Taylor Richardson and 13-year-old Andrew Kibler, both of Cape Coral, were the winners of Rib City’s honorary bat boy/bat girl contest.

Rib City was the official bat boy/girl sponsor of the Boston Red Sox Spring Training games for the 2013 season.

As part of the sponsorship, the Fort Myers-headquartered barbecue chain held an in-house drawing to select two bat boys/girls from those who registered at any Lee County Rib City location.

Kibler and Richardson served as the honorary bat boy/bat girl at the Saturday, March 30 spring training home game of the Boston Red Sox vs. the Minnesota Twins at 1:35 p.m. and also received four free game tickets.

The contest was open to anyone ages 10 to 17.

Rib City has eight Lee County stores located in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, East Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres and North Fort Myers.

For the second year, Rib City served as an official concession vendor at JetBlue Park at Fenway South for the 2013 Spring Training season, the Red Sox’s 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex located off of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers. Rib City is an official concession vendor under Aramark, the Red Sox food and beverage partner and concessionaire. Rib City sold its award-winning baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and sides along Fenway South Drive – a street festival reminiscent of Yawkey Way in Boston. The company also supplied a la carte items to the private suites and picnics.

“We were very excited to be bringing our quality barbecue products once again to all of the Red Sox Spring Training fans this season and additionally serving as the official bat boy/bat girl sponsor this year,” said Craig Peden, president of Rib City.

Rib City is a family-owned national barbecue chain. Founded in Fort Myers in 1989, there are currently 13 corporate restaurants in Florida and 16 franchise restaurants across the country including Washington, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Virginia­.

Rib City offers a menu of barbecued meats, specialized sauces and complementary side dishes such as made-from-scratch baked beans and coleslaw. Rib City achieves authentic backyard barbecue flavor by slowly cooking baby back ribs and chicken over selected hardwoods (including red oak), carefully balancing heat and cooking time to seal in the distinctive Rib City BBQ taste. Meats can be topped with one of four secret recipe sauces: brown sugar-based sweet sauce, vinegar-based tangy sauce, Carolina mustard sauce or hot sauce. Additional menu items include fried okra, three-cheese fries, fried shrimp, coconut cream and southern pecan pies and more.

Rib City’s complete menu is available online at www.ribcity.com.

Rib City is listed with the Franchise Registry, a list of franchise systems whose franchisees have the benefits of a streamlined review process for U.S. Small Business Administration financings.

Andrew Kibler

Taylor Richardson