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Old 05-12-2019, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default Quit my job, time to open up a BBQ Restaurant!

So it finally came time to hand in my notice at work to prepare for a long (and hopefully prosperous) journey to open a Smokehouse in my home city of Wilmington, NC. I currently am a GM of a "famous" Southern Fried Chicken QSR and am (mostly) prepared for this trip. After binge reading through another post on here about another brethren's journey, I've decided to share mine.

The lease has been agreed to by both parties and now we are signing the documents next week! Food distributors have been lined up, smokers are about to be ordered, and now preparing for the start of everything else! I'm excited, nervous, and anxious but in my heart I know this is what I want to do.

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Old 05-12-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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Wow! I hope to be in Wilmington next year. What is your timeframe? I'd be glad to come contribute to a good start.

Curious as to how long it takes to get equipment in.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:38 AM   #3
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You are a braver man than I! Best wishes on a long and prosperous journey!
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:39 AM   #4
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Wow, that's really exciting for you, congratulations!!! I look forward to following your journey! What kind of smokers did you settle on?
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:46 AM   #5
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Wow! I hope to be in Wilmington next year. What is your timeframe? I'd be glad to come contribute to a good start.

Curious as to how long it takes to get equipment in.
My lease will start June 1st. I negotiated a 4 month rent-free build period, so I am praying I open by October 1st! Equipment shouldn't take too long, buying most of it from a local seller. The smokers are going to take about 6 weeks from order to delivery!
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:46 AM   #6
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Congrats James, we'll all be pulling for you.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:47 AM   #7
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:49 AM   #8
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What smokers will you choose? I would suggest the Pit Boss Copperhead. It has plenty of room. That was a joke. Good luck.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:51 AM   #9
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Wow, that's really exciting for you, congratulations!!! I look forward to following your journey! What kind of smokers did you settle on?
I settled on the Ole Hickory CTO. Ordering 2 of them for different cook temps depending on what we're smoking! Also figured it was good to have a back up just in case! I LOVE the CTO, used it at a prior job. Reliable, holds a LOT of product, and the convection feature is great.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:52 AM   #10
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Congratulations!!!


Thanks for bringing us along for the ride!
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:03 PM   #11
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How exciting! Very much looking forward to watching this unfold :)
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:08 PM   #12
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Good luck!

Next time I'm in Wilmington, I'll stop in.
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:12 PM   #13
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Wish You The Best Of Luck. Keep Us Posted On The Process To Opening Day.
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:59 PM   #14
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You're a crazy farker! Good luck! Nice to have the 4 month cushion.

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Old 05-12-2019, 01:13 PM   #15
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Wishing you good fortune, good luck, success and happiness. Seems you are coming from a restaurant background so you likely have a good grasp of the business side of things. Thanks for sharing and keep us posted.

What style BBQ will you serve? Strictly Carolina (eastern,western, both?) or something else? What style is popular in Wilmington?
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