Friday, June 29, 2007

The week

This past week we've seen a real bump in business because of Jim's (the Tennessean) article. We've seen a lot of people drive out from Nashville (15 minutes) but its amazing to me how many people who live within 2 miles of the joint are still just coming in for the 1st time to try us out. At any rate, I'm just glad they are coming in........whether its now or back in October. I really am thankful for Jims article and thoughts about our really is a big honor coming from him.
Meat prices have shot up because of the 4th. I am paying about $.25 more per pound than I was last week for everything. My food reps say it will stay that way for the next 2-3 weeks before it starts to correct itself. Kaci Allen played this past Saturday night and she was awesome! She played two sets of her own songs and got a great response. Ward will be back this Saturday night with his guys. Dan, Jill & Joe have'nt been out in a couple of months, I guess they have moved on. Neither Bo or Ward have any idea why they quit coming out. Maybe we'll get em' back out sometime. Willie called from Alaska but didnt get his call. I'll call him today. Looking forward to him getting back with that banjo.
This past Saturday night we were at "Taste of Music City" on the bridge over the river next to the Titans stadium. Bo worked that with Martha, John, Mandy, Victor and "Lamber". They said we got a lot of compliments on our food and Bo said yesterday that he's talked to several people that came out to the joint because they tasted our food there. Lord willing we'll be invited back to next years event. Have a ton of small catering to do between now and the 4th. After that we'll start preparing for the Music City Brewers Festival at the downtown Hilton. They are expecting 6,000 people and the only food vendors there are us and Mafiozo's Pizza, so we should be able to really move some food. Got to get out of here and get to the joint......later.


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Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work ya'll; Martin's has some of the best food in middle Tennessee!

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