Monday, February 18, 2008

The week

By now you might have listened to the new audio blog in the previous post. It was just a trial run and has no content, just wanted to see what it was like. Its a cool new feature that Mike Causey has turned me on to. I will only audio blog only a couple of times a week for general content. The business blogs concerning my experiences opening a BBQ restaurant will still be in type form. I'm looking forward to the audio blog, it enables me to blog on the fly. In the next few weeks we're going start adding some video content as well.
This past week ended up being a really good week. Again, sales are all over the place and have no rhyme or reason to them. Wednesday night was a very, very slow day. I started to anticipate us having a really bad week. Thursday picked up, Friday was o.k., and then Saturday hit. Saturday, thanks to a couple of small catering orders that added about $500.00 to the day, we set a new record day in sales. To set both gross sales records in the month of February, which is the absolute slowest month in the restaurant industry, is a very encouraging sign for the year to come. I am going to revisit extending the porch on the front of the Joint to make it a deck for this spring. I'll submit an application for that this week with the city. The picture is of singer/songwriter Kaci Allen. She played a few weeks ago.

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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!