Sunday, February 03, 2008

Record Day

Its amazing what a little sunshine and 60 degree weather will do for you. Yesterday we had the best one day of gross sales February! It was steady all day and then we got slapped last night. It really helped our week because Tuesday & Wednesday were a little slow. I included a picture of my little girl Daisy smiling about the news. In the following weeks I am going to start blogging a lot on the business side of the restaurant business. Rules of thumb, calculations, and all kinds of wonderful stuff I've learned the hard way over the past year and a half. Hopefully, if you are thinking of doing something opening up your own bbq joint or restaurant......this info will save you some time and money!


Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Martin,
My name is Nicole. I lived in south Nashville for about a year and a friend and I stumbled upon your place last spring. After my first time, Martin's was instantly my favorite restaurant in Middle Tennessee...I moved back to Illinois but came back to visit this weekend. Even though you were out of that delicious BBQ pork, those brisket tacos were incredible! Just wanted to say thanks for your hospitality, and I'm glad my friends and I were able to be a part of your great day. Your baby is adorable, too! Looking forward to next time! -nicole

Pat Martin said...

just call ahead next time your heading down hun'.......ill put some pork back for you! thanks for the comments!

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!