John Stage

John Stage, the founder and owner of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, began his career in cooking out on the open road. In 1983, John and two partners cut a 55-gallon drum in half to form a makeshift barbeque and hit the road—catering to motorcycle shows, fairs and festivals up and down the East Coast. In 1988, tired of the gypsy lifestyle, Stage settled in Syracuse, New York, where he opened his first Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant. Stage has since expanded with locations in Rochester, New York City, Troy, Newark, New Jersey and Stamford, Connecticut, and soon will open in Brooklyn and Buffalo. Dinosaur has gained a reputation far and wide for serving some of the best BBQ in the country, with a vibrant and lively setting and menus firmly rooted in the traditions of Southern barbecue. The brand also includes a catering division complete with mobile barbeque rigs and a line of award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs available in Whole Foods.

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