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Old 10-04-2018, 09:23 PM   #3166
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It was a combination of a lot of things. Financialy not viable, debt, divorce, trying to open a second location, bank backing out of financing after tens of thousands spent on said new location, etc.

There was no single thing that led to its closing, but rather a lot of things that happened all at once making it clear it wasn’t going to work out. Things probably could have been salvaged, but at some point you have to decide whether to cut your losses and move on or potentially get into an even worse situation.

Life is full of opportunities. The restaurant had a good run and I learned a lot of what needs to be done, and more importantly, what shouldn’t be done. The prized pig was a success in a sense, but the location and business model I put in place, along with marital problems and expansion plans at the time, made for a situation where a decision had to be made.

I had my opportunity, and along came another opportunity. In the end that didn’t work out either. But more lessons learned. But guess what? There are so many other opportunities out there. I’m in the process of helping open two brand new bbq restaurants. I may end up becoming the executive chef. I may become a partner. I even have an investor who wants me to blow those offers off and open the prized pig again in a new location.

Closing the prized pig wasn’t the end. It was just the beginning. A stepping stone. A learning experience. That chapter may have closed, but bigger and better opportunities are abound. I don’t know where this journey will take me just yet, but I foresee good things happening in the world of bbq. And I will update when I can. But be sure, more bbq is coming.
I truly wish you the best jeremy, and that snake oil salesmen quit seeking you out and using you for what they lack and for you to make them look good.

Hopefully i can get to your area some day and try ry some of your food.
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:15 AM   #3167
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To give you the other side of the coin, this thread is:
  1. how I found and joined this site two years ago.
  2. the reason why I chose NOT to open a BBQ restaurant

I, like a lot of others here on this site and in this thread, do side jobs via private chef or catering gigs and all my customers/friends/family said "you should open a restaurant!" I gave it serious consideration two years ago and got to googling. This was one of the threads I found and I read all 190 (at the time) pages. I was a member of a few other bbq forums but once I found this one, the rest dropped off and I ended up joining here.

I'm very thankful Jeremy took the time to chronicle his story here. Funny enough, I was following along real time as he posted his story on a home-brew forum as well. Was really awesome to put two and two together years later.

The honesty and peeling back of the curtains into what really goes on when opening and operating a business was enough for me to say "nope, I'll continue catering for the time being."

It's easy to get swept up in the romance of BBQ and chasing your dream, but I'm VERY thankful this accounting of it keeps me grounded.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:47 PM   #3168
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Greetings,

Fellow brethren here in Wilmington, NC. First, id like to thank Jeremy for his years of providing updates to this thread. It has truely been invaluable to me as I am in the process of opening a smokehouse here. I read through the 200+ pages in 2 days. So thank you Jeremy. My question for y'all is would anyone be interested in me sharing and updating you guys on the progress of my new venture? I hope this isnt me hijacking the thread, i just figured it was sort of relevant.

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Old 04-19-2019, 07:04 PM   #3169
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fark ya I'd like to ride along, start a new thread
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:38 PM   #3170
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Greetings,

Fellow brethren here in Wilmington, NC. I am in the process of opening a smokehouse here.
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I'll be in Wilmington/Topsail for the next two weeks and then again in July for two weeks. Let us know what you end up doing!
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:48 PM   #3171
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Fellow brethren here in Wilmington, NC. First, id like to thank Jeremy for his years of providing updates to this thread. It has truely been invaluable to me as I am in the process of opening a smokehouse here. I read through the 200+ pages in 2 days. So thank you Jeremy. My question for y'all is would anyone be interested in me sharing and updating you guys on the progress of my new venture? I hope this isnt me hijacking the thread, i just figured it was sort of relevant.



Smoke on,

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Hell yeah James! Good luck - I think we'd all love to follow your journey.


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Old 04-19-2019, 07:53 PM   #3172
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:10 PM   #3173
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Sweet :-) I'm hoping the lease is signed next week! Once it is, I will start a new post!
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:13 PM   #3174
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I'll be in Wilmington/Topsail for the next two weeks and then again in July for two weeks. Let us know what you end up doing!
Awesome! Hopefully you will have nice weather and the pollen won't kill you! I'm actually looking at a fairly quick upfit (knocking on wood) and if everything goes smoothly (although this thread should be my warning haha) a July opening is what I am aiming for. God willing I don't encounter all the nonsense Jeremy did.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:39 PM   #3175
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:54 PM   #3176
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I’m in as well. Would love to follow your journey. I live near Raleigh and frequent the coast of NC and SC so I will have to stop in and check it out this summer/fall.
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:34 PM   #3177
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Sweet :-) I'm hoping the lease is signed next week! Once it is, I will start a new post!
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:59 PM   #3178
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Good Luck and show some of your BBQ.
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:34 PM   #3179
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Good news brethren! The landlord agreed to a tentative agreement on the property yesterday. Looking like a lease will be signed early next week. I will start a new post once it does get signed ;) unless y'all want a teaser of the menu
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Make sure to link to it so we dan continue to follow you...
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