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Old 04-30-2014, 09:58 AM   #1726
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What a great story.. I have posted a few times to say how much we ALL love this story and I really really appreciate how candor you are with us. I have to agree with one of the brethren who said the catering gigs will pay for the additional smoker. Perhaps you could have a trailer (like a shipping container style) built with a smoker/walk-in fridge combo?
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:33 AM   #1727
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I already brew beer and make wine,
A man after my own heart! I also brew my own beer and make wine, plus I'm looking at getting my shine on.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:23 PM   #1728
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That is phase two. I already brew beer and make wine, so The Prized Pig II would also include an on-site brewery.
That is VERY ambitious. My sister started her own brewery and she spends as much time dealing with that alone as you do your restaurant. Not sure it would be worth tripling your work load. But, if you want any info on costs or anything else about doing a brewery let me know. My sister would be more than happy to talk you through all of her experiences and provide some guidelines on costs etc...
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:38 PM   #1729
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First post on the site, but man I enjoyed reading this whole thread. It took me a while, but I sure learned a lot from your experience so far as well as what some other posters have added.

Thank you for letting us in on the story.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:01 PM   #1730
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Good luck with it Marubozo! I'll be keeping track of your journey.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:22 AM   #1731
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Great story thanks for sharing. So good to here of a successful business when so many new restaurants struggle. All cow to great planning and a great product I think

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Old 05-01-2014, 09:35 AM   #1732
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That is phase two. I already brew beer and make wine, so The Prized Pig II would also include an on-site brewery.
Then you are officially the worst person in the world.


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Old 05-01-2014, 08:20 PM   #1733
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Movin' on up...

Got the pork samples today from the local hog farm. They can actually beat my current pricing, so hopefully the quality is there. It would be awesome to serve pork that was raised just down the road.

And my food supplier said because of our volume I'm getting on a 2% rebate program.

Have a new employee starting Sunday.

Got a blues band lined up for one of our outdoor summer events.

And most importantly, spoke with Paul Shirley (TuscaloosaQ) about a trailer smoker. Might have that by July.

Oh, and something about catering a tv station's Norte dame football tailgates this fall.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:33 AM   #1734
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Awesome news, all of it (esp the part about talking to TQ).
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:14 AM   #1735
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Is your local hog farm an approved supplier by the Health Dept? I know first hand what a pain the health laws in Michigan are.
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:30 AM   #1736
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Is your local hog farm an approved supplier by the Health Dept? I know first hand what a pain the health laws in Michigan are.
They are. They supply a few places around here, the biggest being Bell's Brewery.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:43 AM   #1737
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Movin' on up...

Got the pork samples today from the local hog farm. They can actually beat my current pricing, so hopefully the quality is there. It would be awesome to serve pork that was raised just down the road.

And my food supplier said because of our volume I'm getting on a 2% rebate program.

Have a new employee starting Sunday.

Got a blues band lined up for one of our outdoor summer events.

And most importantly, spoke with Paul Shirley (TuscaloosaQ) about a trailer smoker. Might have that by July.

Oh, and something about catering a tv station's Norte dame football tailgates this fall.
Good choice on the Shirley Fabrication cooker
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:46 AM   #1738
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Now I need to buy a truck...
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #1739
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Now I need to buy a truck...
Tax write-off!
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:16 AM   #1740
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Here you go. Kill 2 birds. Truck and capacity issues
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