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Shotgun Petes
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 6:26 am    Post subject: SHOTGUN PETE'S BBQ SHACK Reply with quote

Hello from Columbia Missouri Everyone�

I previously introduced myself in the �Introduce Yourself� topic section.
My name is Phil.

I promised to tell about the BBQ joint I�m about to open in March.
It will be called �Shotgun Pete�s BBQ Shack�

First I will tell a little back story to get the coals burnin�

Back in Sept �09 my dad who is about 73 yrs of age collapsed at home in Pensacola, Florida and had to be taken to the hospital via ambulance . He was in such serious condition I was told I needed to make a trip home. It�s 900 miles one way.
I needed to get my truck�s oil changed before the trip, so I went to the local Firestone Tire Shop. While I sat there waiting for my truck I began thinking about my Dad and all the good times we had during our lives.
I missed out on a lot, because I was 10 years active duty in the Air Force, and now I have been living here in Missouri for the past 17 years. Visits with my dad have been far to few and way too short.

I thought about the times we spent cooking on his big BBQ smoker that he had made pretty much from scratch. As I sat there looking out the window I noticed this little empty building, just sitting there in Firestone�s parking lot. It used to be a coffee shop. It didn�t last long.
I wondered why no one had moved into it yet.
Then like a bolt of lightning had hit me I got this vision in my head of this little place as a BBQ stand�
I walked out and gave it a closer look and called the number on the sign in the window.

I had met the man who manages the building before. I told him of my BBQ idea and he was all ears.
Then I called my dad from the parking lot, and told him of this wild idea and I think he almost started crying. This was something that he had always wanted to do, but never had the time.
Owning a BBQ or maybe a fish house has always been a family dream that never seemed to happen, until now.

When I went to visit my dad in the hospital he told me within 5 minutes after my arrival to his room that he wanted me to take his grill back home to start up the BBQ! My brother and 2 sisters were there. This floored all of us because that grill has been in our family for 20 years or more, and his giving it to me was no small gesture. I cried when this happened, because it signaled and end of a journey for my dad. I knew he was thinking he was on his last leg.
It was a hard bittersweet moment. I needed the grill, but didn�t want to take it. Everyone agreed it was the thing to do.
So after spending almost 2 weeks by my dad�s side in Florida I towed his grill 900 miles back to Missouri.

To our surprise and delight, dad has since recovered from internal bleeding and kidney failure! It is truly a miracle. The doctors are just as surprised as we are. He is still recovering, but well on his way.

I told dad that he has to get better so he can come up this spring and show me what I�m doing wrong at the BBQ shack!
He said he would. My dad is a tough as nails old guy. He played football for WV back in the day.
This and the fact that he hunted a lot is where I came up with the idea of the name �Shotgun Pete�s BBQ Shack�. His nickname in high school and college was Shotgun Pete Peters.

Details about the BBQ:
The building is about 10� x 18� and has 2 drive up windows.
It is located right on a very busy road and in the parking lot of Firestone and a shopping center that will be the new home ( in the lower level) to a community college later this fall. The college will mean 1800 more people there every day, plus all of the retail shops, the customers and employees.
Firestone�s customers have nothing to do but sit in the lobby waiting for cars all day. I�m right there for them to see and smell that BBQ!

The rent is affordable, the location terrific and the competition is mostly clear on the other side of town.
There is a Bandana�s BBQ about 4 miles up the road, but it�s on the other side of I-70 so not a factor.

After hearing the story, you all know that I must do this and I must be successful.
I am determined to make this work and will not give up.

If this all works out it will be nothing short of a miracle itself.

I�m doing a bare bones start up and will build it up slow and steady.
I am also getting a great deal on a double stack cook & hold Alto-Shaam oven this week, from a guy who used to own a big restaurant here in Columbia. Let just say it is the best deal I could have ever found on one and I�m getting it.
I will be adding an enclosure in the rear of the building for the smoker grill area.


I�m only doing drive thru & carry out. If I add any outside tables the city wants restrooms. I don�t have the money for that.

I'm doing a very limited menu so I can focus on quality, and I learned BBQ from the best BBQ Pitmaster I have ever known...my Dad!

St Louis Ribs
Brisket Sandwich
Chicken Sandwich
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Sausages (Johnsonville brats)
Pit smoked Baked Beans
Tater Salad
Vidalia Onion vinegarette Slaw with cajun seasoning

Chili (in cold weather) My MOM"S recipie!!!...It's the best Chili recipie ever!

Desert - Moon Pies Chocolate or Banana
Drinks - Can drinks & Bottled Water

Pictures follow�

Dad "Shotgun Pete Peters" on the field in WV back in the 50's....



Dad in the Hospital Oct 09, wearing his new Shotgun Pete's BBQ hat!



Dad....recovering...to everone's shock and joyus surprise...






Dad's Grill



Dad & my Lil' Bro Randy BBQn' a few years ago on the grill somewhere in Alabama...



Future site of Shotgun Pete's BBQ Shack in Columbia, Missouri...









The concept....



The Logo..



The Grill....





Some Q cooked on that grill....




That's all I got so far...I will keep putting updates on here as they happen..
Opening is set for March if all goes well...
Questions & comments welcome...
...and yes...I do have restaurant management experience if anyone was wondering Wink

My Mom who makes the best Chili ever!..

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(Downtown across from The Blue Note)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil, I wish you the best, and live out your dad's dream!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BEST OF LUCK remember watch those pennies and nickels as close as those dollars and as a fellow business owner LISTEN TO YOUR CUSTOMERS .

again best of luck knock em out the next drink is for you ooohp hear it comes
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharin' your story & pics Phil!
May your Dad continue to recover & enjoy sharin'
his knowledge in his namesake's BBq venture!
I know you are makin' him real proud right about
now! Keep us up on the ongoin' progress!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can say is "GIT_ER_DONE"
That is a great setup you have. I want something like that only on wheels. Good luck. Keep us posted.
Remember "Word travels by mouth faster that all the advertisement that you can buy."
As John said "Watch those pennies and nickels", they do turn into quarters and dollars. (Contrary to my children's belief.)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great story, that's one of those things about a lot of BBQ guys, there are such great stories.

Good luck with the venture, there are some quality guys here in the forum who'll steer you straight, so ask away and you'll get some help.

As I pass through the area, I'll look you up.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have anyway at all to include a soda fountain inside your operation there is a nice profit in fountain drinks over cans.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Luck Phil, Looks like a good location. When you get close to opening I would love to see actually photo of how you attached smoker area to building. There are a few locations here that I have thought about doing the same thing.Having a drink fountain inside would be good also but the idea of a machine outside is kind of neat also, plus when you arent open it still will get used.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Story Phil, Best of luck to you and more importantly your dad! Keep us updated as you continue this venture!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a great story Phil. Smile This business is more fulfilling than anything I have ever done. I can't wait for my son to be old enough to help me and make some memories. Make your customers feel special and like a member of the family and they will line up! Keep us updated on the progress and if you need an official taste panel I will be glad to offer my services! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My son is a student @ Mizzou so I'll be stopping in for sure. He will to if he is missin home Que to much. LOL

See ya in the spring.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm totally excited for you. I would love to find a place like that and run a bbq joint. Although I'd probably need a few more WSMs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I promised to tell about the BBQ joint Im about to open in March.
It will be called Shotgun Petes BBQ Shack

First I will tell a little back story to get the coals burnin


That is a great feel good story, thanks for sharing.
We look forward to updates as time progresses.

Woody's started from scratch and now has a very successful business in Des Moines, IA. He also provided, and still provides updates - it helps others considering the same path.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07 10 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome story Phil, thanks for the share! Very Happy

I'm looking at a location similar (a little bigger) to supplement my catering business.

Larger locations are just out of reach for a small family business here.

Best of luck with your venture!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08 10 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you everyone for the kind words of encouragement!
I will put updates as they happen...
Most of it will probably happen during Feburary...but there may be some progress this month...
depends on the weather and what free time I have this month.
Thanks again!

...My wife always asks me
"What Army are you cooking for"
when I load up the grill at home. Laughing
I just smile and tell her that
there's all that empty space there in the grill
...I gotta put something there or it's wasted space! Laughing
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28 N Ninth St
COLUMBIA, MO

(Downtown across from The Blue Note)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08 10 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're considering a website (which you should...), SoEzzy (this forum's moderator) is a highly talented web designer. He has helped a number of the Ring members' professional catering and restaurant sites.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08 10 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DENALI wrote:
If you have anyway at all to include a soda fountain inside your operation there is a nice profit in fountain drinks over cans.


I just called our pepsi rep and got a price for this...

Machine will serve 4 flavors, each tank (flavor) is $18. Co2 is $20 (will last LONG time).

The rep said you can get 54...12 ounce drinks from one tank. He did NOT say if that was with ice or not but I ASSUME it was without ice.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08 10 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be nice if I could have a soda fountain inside, but as it is the place it so small I may get an award as the smallest bbq kitchen ever... Shocked Laughing especially with the equipment I have to have in it just to pass HD rules.

I'm still trying to figure out where to put the most important peice of equipment...the cash register. Laughing On top of the fridge maybe...hahah
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"If you can't BBQ with the Big Dogs, back away from the Pit!"

SHOTGUN PETE'S BBQ SHACK
28 N Ninth St
COLUMBIA, MO

(Downtown across from The Blue Note)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08 10 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marvsbbq wrote:
DENALI wrote:
If you have anyway at all to include a soda fountain inside your operation there is a nice profit in fountain drinks over cans.


I just called our pepsi rep and got a price for this...

Machine will serve 4 flavors, each tank (flavor) is $18. Co2 is $20 (will last LONG time).

The rep said you can get 54...12 ounce drinks from one tank. He did NOT say if that was with ice or not but I ASSUME it was without ice.



Tanks work great for mobile or very tight room constraints. If you have the room have them price you the boxed syrup setup. There is even more profit going that direct but its a bit more hassle than the tanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08 10 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you have to install a grease trap?

Here, it's required for all kitchens even if you are cooking non-greasy foods.

And they are quite pricey! Shocked
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