DALLAS —Regional players in the barbecue segment are working to maintain their grip on escalating operating costs, with several chains launching fast-casual variants that help control commodity and payroll expenses. Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., based here, parent of the the 87-unit Dickey’s Barbecue Pit chain, recently debuted a fast-casual version of its standard cafeteria-line service model that company executives say helps keep food and labor costs in ...

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