Monday, January 28, 2008

The week

Tuesday and Wednesday started off really slow. I was like, "oh here it is.......its finally shown its ugly head........the doldruns!". But then we had a strong day Thursday, real strong day Friday and a really strong Saturday. Those three days made up for the first two and some, we finished above our "winter time" average. This week nothing looks to change weather wise; two days of rain, partly sunny all week. Those good ol' muddy Tennessee winters. I am building an excel spreadsheet with all of last years daily sales and the weather for each day we were open. I am going to lay those two out in a graph on top of each other to see the correlation. Ill post it here when i finish it, it should be interesting. Martha took a picture of my boy Wyatt sitting in my truck. He wanted to put Daddy's sun glasses on and drive.

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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!