Thursday, June 14, 2007

Emily is on board & Alligator Po-Boys!

About a month ago Emily Arnold came on board and I have neglected to mention that here. Shes awesome! She worked up at "Rapid Pak" in Arrington for what seems like forever. She's really enabled me to get out and get some things done like closing some catering jobs. Last week was great. We had really good cash flow and it seems like the "summer slow down" is starting to wear off just a little. It will be slower than usual until September but I think that initial burst of summer everyone gets around May 1st is wearing thin. The grill out on the deck, steeplechase, rodeo, soccer tourn.,...........done that. People are looking to go out (to eat) more. We brought in some Alligator this past weekend and it has been selling like hot cakes. We fried it on a stick to serve as an app. this past Saturday and sold out of them. I made up a quick peach-apricot bbq sauce to dip it in. It was really good. Yesterday Bo served Blackened Alligator Po-Boys with a roasted red pepper aoli. He had 8 and sold them all by 12:45. Could have sold another 8 so today we'll run it again with 15 prepped to sell.


Kaci Allen said...

Patrick, WE LOVE YOU!! Martin's BBQ Joint is becoming a 'second home' to those in the area, and when we mention Martin's BBQ joint, all over town, folks say "Yeah, I know about that place! Man, it's GOOD!"

We will see you Saturday Night for sure!

Pat Martin said...

kaci thanks so very much.....that means a lot. we're looking forward to having you this saturday night (Lord willing)

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