Tuesday, August 08, 2006

So........you need to cancel huh?

Before I get started let me encourage you to go rent "Strange Brew" and get a case of cold beer and watch it........one of the very best ways to entertain yourself! Anyway...had three meetings set up for today in addition to submitting the business licence. First one was with the painters. Was (and still am) thinking of doing this myself with the help of my buddy Michael Blankinship, but I think I'm going to have these guys get it done. They bid me $1150.00 to paint the floor, porch/deck and trim. Its something I should do myself but at that price I get overcome real quick with the "lazy gene"...........cause painting sucks! Then the Coke guy came by and we talked about order #1 in a couple of weeks. Then I went to get a letter from the city of Nolensville for Williamson County saying they will allow me to operate within the city limits....lets all thank the good Lord we dont live in an area where we have to deal with any B.S. bureaucracy. Then I had a four hour training session set up at 1:00 for QuickBooks new Point of Sale system which allows me to have my computer, credit/debit card swiper & cash register all in sync. The *&%#*$ #!*@ canceled on me at 12:10......50 minutes before the session! I was pissed for about 2 minutes until I remembered I wanted to have Jennifer Owens get my business anyway! I had already set this appointment up when Jim "Frasier Crane" Owens (her husband) reminded me that his baby doll did the same thing....and I was ticked because I had forgotten that. Well I'm going to have her do it now........Everything has a way of working out. Tomorrow is a big day.......not the least of which I am giving the guy I hired to be the short order cook a try-out......should be fun.

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What is this Blog???

You ever been sitting around cooking for your family and friends and been told the following: "Hoss, this is the best I've ever had in my dadgum life.....you have got to open up a place of your own". The thought crosses your mind to do just that, but for whatever reason you dont. Well I'm "that" guy that actually went through with it and did it. I had absolutely ZERO restaurant experience! I decided to start this blog about my own experience hoping that it may be of some use and help to others who might be interested in opening their own place.
I learned this craft almost 20 years ago cooking whole hogs on brick & cinder block pits at a couple of little BBQ Joints in Henderson, TN. I learned from old, lifelong career Pit-Masters, working with them as an apprentice during school off and on for four years. Over the course of that time I learned the old, time-honored craft of REAL pit barbecue. At Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint I am trying as hard as I can everyday to bring that time-honored authenticity to my customers.
As you read you'll see I've made some stupid decisions, and I've made some good decisions. If you are thinking of opening a restaurant, especially a BBQ Joint, read this blog! Maybe some of this info can be of use to you. At the very least you will be entertained because I pull no punches.
Now listen, this is my blog to not only help with information but my blog to freely rant about my day to day experiences. There is no real "bad language" on this blog but there might be some things said that are very "tongue in cheek". If you are easily offended and/or cant see the satire in my posts then please just leave the blog. It will save both of us the annoyance of each other. For those of you who do like satire and are looking for good information about this experience, then by all means enjoy!