My focus at the restaurant has always been to make the best damn barbecue possible. I never spent a second looking at how we could reduce our costs- I found that mentality short-sighted. If we made the best barbecue, you all would keep coming. And you have. And I appreciate it.
When beef and pork prices started climbing, I was faced with a decision. Switch to a lower grade of brisket, raise prices, or do nothing. I did nothing. For almost three years.
When minimum wage was raised, I was faced with a decision. Reduce the number of staff, cut hours, or do nothing. I did nothing.
While my meat and labor costs were on the rise, I did not stop improving the restaurant. I will continue to take every opportunity- no matter the expense- to improve the food and service at my restaurant. My staff share the same ideology.
Here’s a few of the changes we’ve made since we opened in 2013:
- Remodeled the restaurant in 2017 to allow for an inside lineup, built a handicap ramp for better access
- Remodeled again in December 2018, added a second cutting station (and staff) to increase our speed and reduce wait times
- Upgraded our heating and cooling systems
- Built a full pastry / baking division since we were not satisfied with the bread and buns from local suppliers. It now employs two full time and one part time baker, and we’re churning out some of the best desserts in the city. This is not a profitable endeavor, but adds to the experience at the restaurant.
- Brought up a barbecue consultant from Texas which improved our quality and consistency
- Sourced higher quality meats at a significant expense
- Doubled our sides menu and added meat specials for every day of the week
- Added a greeter to maintain some form of sanity in the parking lot.
Here’s the bad news. The time has finally come. I have to raise the prices.
You will see an increase of 10-15% on the brisket, beef ribs and pork ribs (our costs have increased 14-21% across those meats)
Poultry, sausage, pulled pork and side dishes will stay the same.
Thank you very much for your understanding, your continued patronage, and your support over the last three years. It’s been a ride!