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Geronimo
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22 12 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JAllen wrote:

In other news, the patio is in pretty good shape, with a fresh coat of pastel yellow on the walls, plasma and projector, surround sound (well not really surround), and a bar that still needs some work.

I'm always asking myself if I would go to a place like this.



On the upside, for anyone planning to open a place, one of the good things is that most of the investment has been done; kitchen, refers, ice machine, tvs, projectors, decoration...

All of those expenses were done last year and were a drag financially. It's a good feeling to know we don't have all of those ahead of us. Mostly just repairs.


For me, I think the stacked wood is over-kill. ONE wall of stacked wood (preferably near the smoker) would be fine. but to have (what looks like) your main decor of stacked wood is a bit much.

I would think maybe some large plants/small trees in pots strategically placed around would add some nice break as well as some color.

Flowers (real, if available) would also add a nice touch and color. I wouldn't bother with "fake/plastic" ones.

The new paint on the walls does look nice though...great start!!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22 12 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it!
the first thing that came to my mind seeing the several stacks of firewood is that they would make a good defensive hiding spot should the lead start to fly due to an armed bar fight.

You never know WTF is going to happen in your part of the world, you have shared some amazing stuff about your clientele
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23 12 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're dropping like flies...

Well, we got rid of the bad Nanny Emma situation for good reason, now we move on to Shorty.

He was out night barman last night and I come in to look at what was going on last night.

Before I left yesterday, I showed him the dust-covered pipes that hold the tent up over the patio. I'm not really liking all the dirt that has accumulated over the Winter, particularly on the ceiling of the tent.

I like clean.

So, I showed him where Kiril, our other whipper snapper of about 18 and 6'2", had started cleaning them.

me: "Shorty, when business dies down in the wee hours of the morning, could you take a bar stool and a wet rag and get up there and finish the job tonight?"

Shorty: "Okay."

Well, I come in this morning to find that nothing has been done. (shock emoticon)

Being the fair and balanced FoxNews proprietor that I am, I ask him why he wasn't able to do this in the absence of customers for over eight hours.

He said that he had fallen on his hands and proceeded to upturn his mitts at me, displaying the tiniest, single week-old blister I have ever seen.

It was no bigger than a red hot.

Shorty was let go in short order.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23 12 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll trade you one of my ex-goobers, about 450 pounds worth, has one speed (and it ain't fast) screws up on stuff on a regular basis, and always uses the same excuse of "I didn't see that" for every single mistake he makes, I tell him a plate needs slaw on it, and he does potato salad instead. Oh, and he likes to tell people that he is the owner of my business too.

I bet I might be able to get a decent LTL freight quote if you want him. He has been gone since August 2010, but I have been hearing he wants to come back. Yeah, I don;t think so, I need rockstars, not slugs & toads.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry, I'll pass on that guy, but thanks for thinking of us.

Our Facebook page is kinda taking off and I'm liking it. There's still a lot for me to learn about using it for business, but it seems like a great way to stay in touch with friends of the bbq.

After working our second Monday, it seems like it's going okay.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, some of you will like this...

The girls from Dolls came in recently.

They ate BBQ, but that's not really important, is it?



Manas, the guy in the middle, sure looks happy about our BBQ.



When they came in I didn't recognize them at first. Y'all know why.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll take the green shirt with a side on the one with the tie.TO GO!lol
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good manners, they cleaned up their plates very well.. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JAllen wrote:

When they came in I didn't recognize them at first. Y'all know why.


Not going to touch this one, but did want to say that I am really enjoying that you are starting to incorporate more pictures. While you are a great story teller, in my simple mind a picture really helps understand what is going on.

Keep up the great post and continued success!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24 12 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got dibs on the one with the dark hair, wearing the tie...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry Nutczak wrote:
I got dibs on the one with the dark hair, wearing the tie...


Harry, he probably wouldn't trade you the ugly one for your 450 ex-helper...even if he threw in HIS girlfriend. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's how things unfolded last night...

First of all, Mrs. JAllen was out of the lineup as the sitter couldn't come, so it was just me and the almost 20-something new night bartender, Kiril and the guard.

We're doing okay through the day, nothing explosive but table table table, and I'm thinking that maybe the summer gooseggs we were putting up last year are a thing of the past.

Even Jason, the embassy security guy came by for some take out and we had a beer at the outside bar while he was waiting.

Then we got a catering order for a couple days from now for sixteen hungry base workers who want to make a mountain trip with a couple butts.

Good enough.

Then Katia, the $80k bottle of cognac came in with her friend and they had some beers and made me nervous talking to her. She's so hot that I can't even look at her for more than a second, and I've been trying to set her up with Vern, but she's not much into 50-year old, skinny, scruffy guys.

Even if they are Canadian.

Vern has informed me that he is in fact into 23-year old, beautiful Russian girls, but somehow the match has not yet been made.

Anyway, as we move into the evening, three Russian linebackers come in and ask for a bottle of Glenfiddich 12, which they drink in short order.

They're eating some bbq and running a good check, so I send them some ABTs and bacon with cayenne and brown sugar and they ask for my half-liter of Glenfiddich 15.

There was a lone, 260lb first timer from the base sitting near them and they invited him over and I knew things were gonna heat up.

Kiril ran out of space on his first check and started a new one.

They were still thirsty, even after all that whiskey that they were mixing with cherry juice.

Then things got really ugly, and I don't have to say that we're heading for a several c-note bill here.

They asked what other single malts we had, 'cause they like single malts.

I had no choice but to show them my prized Cragganmore and Talisker that had recently arrived from Istanbul.

them: "give us 8 shots of each in a couple pitchers."

Well, aside from mixing quality liquor with cherry juice, now they are preparing to mix even higher quality liquor with cherry juice...and ice.

We send the order out and I'm in the inside bar chatting it up with Jared and Marcus who were in to discuss the economy over some JD silver select.

And then Timur, one of the linebackers comes in with the pitcher of Talisker.

"This tastes like plastic."

I smelled it and it smelled like the madman that Talisker is, so I poured some for him into a snifter. He takes a deep whiff and it all but breaks his nose.

"It smells like plastic."

I have to admit, he was being polite about the whole thing, and I was just about to take the undrunk part back when he proceeds to take a swig out of the pitcher.

me: "Well, now I can't take that back."

him: "We just didn't like this." So I handed him some snifters and he went out.

Anyway, they probably chalked up the largest non-party check of the year.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paddy O'Furniture wrote:
want to say that I am really enjoying that you are starting to incorporate more pictures.


Paddy, thanks for the nice comment. My camera's on it's last legs but I'll try to continue with pics.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so is that you or Vern in the picture?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oregon smoker wrote:
so is that you or Vern in the picture?


I'll say this: It's not me.

nuff said.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I tell Dasha, our new cook that we're making ABTs and bacon sprinkled with cayenne and brown sugar for tonight.

She's made both of these before.

She just called me in to check the finished product.

Before tasting them, the ABTs looked great, but I'm sure you can guess what I found when I asked "Where is the bacon sprinkled with cayenne and brown sugar?"
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25 12 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before tasting them, the ABTs looked great, but I'm sure you can guess what I found when I asked "Where is the bacon sprinkled with cayenne and brown sugar?"


New recipe. eh?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26 12 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JAllen, I love the pig candy with cayenne, I'm sure you would have too. Rolling Eyes
Sorry to hear of more staff troubles for you. Good luck trying to find some help that can follow simple instruction, with a minimum of problems.
Seems to be hard to do anywhere. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26 12 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thursday, and I can't complain about the last couple days.

Kevin, our German friend who hadn't been in for awhile sends me a message on facebook a couple days ago:

"We're back from vacation and plan to have a crew in (to Smokie's) on Wednesday.

I told him we'd be ready, but I didn't know how many people to expect. What I do know is that he's of the rare breed that has the ability to send an email about a meeting place and a lot of people will show up.

Well, his friends started showing up around seven...
More showed up at seven fifteen...
Seven twenty...
Eight o'clock.

By the time they all got here, there were eighteen people and we kept adding tables that turned into some kind of snaking restaurant creature.

Good enough, but we had Janis, our new server out there helping to serve the table.

Janis takes the order from only one half, (the Western half) of the 18 person table and comes into the empty inside dining hall and proceeds to play Connect Four with the guard.

Anyway, then Mrs. JAllen hooked on to the table to try to sort things out and Janis had started serving the bbq for that table to another table, people were getting my attention at the outside bar to come and help bring drinks and I'm trying to expedite this and hopefully write something about it down and Janis had lost the order sheet where he wrote down the...

The orders.

In the end, I think most of the table got at least something to eat and they were a lot more polite than I would have been.

Finally at the end of the evening, I stopped by their table to have a drink with them and learned that the party was for Jason, a Canadian guy, and good friend, whose wife is soon to be giving birth to their first in Canada.
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