Monday, September 07, 2009

Brick & Rough cut lumber

Picked out brick the other day......really awesome, OLD weathered brick.......a lot of character! its about $30.00 (per thousand) more expensive than what we budgeted, but its worth it - plus we are saving quite a bit in other areas so it will all work out. the interior of the new Joint will look EXACTLY, like the current one......down to the interior roof, red trim, exposed HVAC, etc.......my father-in-law and i will be hauling Poplar to his sawmill to cut in the next week or so....the trees were blown down in the Tornado a few years back so they ought to be well seasoned.

1 comment:

A Year on the Grill said...

Pat, I am so glad you are back in the blogging world. I have zero interest in opening a BBQ joint myself, but I really enjoyed your blog.

Sounds like you are really making the dream work, and I am thrilled. Someday i will wander down and try your que, but in the mean time, thanks for coming back and continued well earned good luck

Dave

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 life.....you 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!