Thursday, September 07, 2006


Worked till 8:30 last night and we're STILL not finished with this dang frame out. We did get the framing done and part of the counter top laid. Still have to hang the O.S.B. board (like plywood) to enclose it.......we'll be doing that today. Have the ABC beer board meeting tonight with the city of Nolensville at 6:00. I think we'll be o.k. but you never know, I've heard they can turn you down for any reason they want. If they dont like the color shirt you are wearing they can turn you down. The single color T-shirts and all the caps in from Nick Mathews (Doug Mathews Team Sports) came in. The muti-color shirts will be done next week some time. I think they look great and I'm real happy with them. Tommy Bethel did the screen printing for them and was nothing short of a ga-dang Pablo Picasso getting that design on the cotton. I'll post a picture next week with all the shirts together in the shot. My goal in selling these things is to sell enough for the second order with Nick so I need y'all to buy some shirts and/or caps from me. Katie Walker got all my letterhead, business card and menu designs to me. Its going to be a tough decision because they all look so good! She sent about 8 different designs for each item. I'll post later on with todays progress.

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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 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!