About Us

Rib City® History

The concept of Real Barbecue and great Ribs started out with a small family-style barbecue operation in 1989 on U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, Florida. With the success of that location a second restaurant opened in Cape Coral in 1990.

Having outgrown the small location on U.S. 41, by 1992, a move was made up the street to a larger building along with partners Paul and Craig Peden, successful restaurateurs in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. Later that same year, they converted a Fort Myers Beach location into a Rib City®, and the legend continued. In 1994, a location in North Naples was opened and Rib City’s® award-winning Baby Back Ribs were now available in two counties.

In 1995 the Father and Son partners, Paul and Craig Peden continued to grow the company and expand in new areas. As the awards piled up, the Peden’s added eleven more locations within the next ten years…East Fort Myers in 1996; East Naples in 1997; Immokalee in 1998; North Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres in 1999; St. Petersburg in 2002; Venice in 2004; South Fort Myers and North Fort Myers in 2005. With 12 restaurant locations in three counties, Floridians (and visitors from all over the world) can enjoy Rib City’s® award-winning Baby Back Ribs and Barbecue that have now, some 19 years later, become “The Ribs That Legends Are Made Of…”