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Unread 03-23-2014, 09:59 AM   #1531
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this has to be an historic thread!! Now there are 2(two) bbq places i wanna visit in Michigan---maybe gotta cross the lake soon!!
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Been almost a week since Marubozo's last update. I need a fix!
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inquiring minds want to know!
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I've been trying to recover today. I'm beat.

But it was another great week and no decline in business or anything. In fact, we sold out extra early on Saturday and had to close the doors at about 6:30. And that was with cramming almost more meat than is physically possible in the smoker and holding cabinet. I don't remember the final numbers, but it was close to 300 orders.

A brethren from Minnesota stopped in a few days ago, but I can't remember the name now, but he said he has been following this thread.
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WHAT? Nothing broke this week??? GOOD.

I made your pickles yesterday - gonna have a few tonite - can't wait!
I asked before about having picnic tables outside when (if )
it gets warmer - any room for something like that?
Around here people have CocaCola Umbrellas or Heineken, etc., through a hole in their tables - surely they are free from vendors.
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WHAT? Nothing broke this week??? GOOD.

I made your pickles yesterday - gonna have a few tonite - can't wait!
I asked before about having picnic tables outside when (if )
it gets warmer - any room for something like that?
Around here people have CocaCola Umbrellas or Heineken, etc., through a hole in their tables - surely they are free from vendors.
Well, the water heater broke down Wednesday during lunch. By a stroke of luck my equipment repair guy happened to come in for lunch and he checked it out after he ate. He got the bad element replaced and it only cost me a pulled pork sandwich.

And yes, there is a small patio for some tables, plus over an acre of land to use. One of my cooks makes picnic tables and said if I supply the materials he will make some.

Also, one of the area BBQ restaurants suddenly closed today without warning or explanation. I just saw someone mention it and when I talked to my food guy today I asked him what happened since they are his account as well. apparently I was the first to break the news to him because he said he just took an order from them on Friday.
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I have a gooooood idea why he closed.............. :)
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they WERE his account as well.
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I was wondering about the vendors -
Sysco - Presidential are big here, plus small guys.
How now do you source your food?
Quality is a big deal with me.
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I have a gooooood idea why he closed.............. :)
Well, I don't know, but my food guy said they were way behind on their food bills. Kind of a shame because it was a good place.
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I was wondering about the vendors -
Sysco - Presidential are big here, plus small guys.
How now do you source your food?
Quality is a big deal with me.
I use a smaller regional distributor. They can get food from pretty much anyone if I request it and can do the volume. For instance, I only wanted farmland ribs, but they didn't work with them previously. But since I order 10+ cases a week they brought them on board. And like my brioche buns, coming out of a bakery in Detroit, etc.
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...And yes, there is a small patio for some tables, plus over an acre of land to use...
Hmm...I have visions of a food tent on that acre and a portable trailer smoker to feed the masses outside...maybe even a play area for kids that could be an area for nightly live music on select weekends in the summer.
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Hmm...I have visions of a food tent on that acre and a portable trailer smoker to feed the masses outside...maybe even a play area for kids that could be an area for nightly live music on select weekends in the summer.
You got it. Already planning a few big whole hog outdoor events. Get a big tent, bounce house for the kids, and got a frequent customer who happens to have a blues band and would love to play.
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You got it. Already planning a few big whole hog outdoor events. Get a big tent, bounce house for the kids, and got a frequent customer who happens to have a blues band and would love to play.
Spooky!
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I would definitely set up an outdoor seating area with some character. People love their Q. especially in the summer. and love sitting outside. You would prolly significantly increase your sales just due to the additional seating. Do you have a liquor license?
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