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First World Problems

People like to ask me how we come up with our specials. I usually reply with something pithy or humorous, and while the answer may be partially true, the whole truth is really we just cook up some stuff and see if it works.

Hence the banner pic for the blog today. Ive decided to start cataloging these flops and sharing them with you all because hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? So here is the first thing we threw against the wall this week that most certainly didn’t stick.

this is the short lived “beeschurger” with a bun in the middle and cheese on the outside just proved to be a great idea in a dream world but reality disagreed.

So, as many of you are aware, we had some issues without air conditioning over the weekend and it left quite a few of us (and you) a bit uncomfortable. I know I apologized to all of you at the time, but it was so oppressively hot in here, I feel the need to do it again. Sorry.

Murphy’s law seems ever more prevalent in the restaurant and bar business for some reason. Nothing ever breaks on a Monday or Tuesday when we could conceivably have it fixed in 24 to 48 hours. Whether it’s a fryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, toilet or air conditioner, in our industry it always fails during the busy part of a Friday night when the absolute earliest someone can come “look at it” ($100 to just come out minimum) is Saturday afternoon. Then, (God forbid) they need to order a part which has to wait until the next business day.

I guess I am just lamenting that in my business (unless you’re Chick-fil-A), that Saturday and Sunday are considered “business days.” I know, it’s my fault. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change anything (well, maybe a few things, but I would definitely still be in this business).

Sunday, this past week, we finished this season of trivia. We had a load of swag to give out, so we did a bit of a grab bag for anyone here.

there was a lot more than this but the a/c was broken and I didn’t feel like dealing with swag anymore when I took this.

It was a grueling 15 questions in the oppressive heat. But we did it and thankfully all the teams persevered. The season winner (I mistakenly told the wrong team that they won and I still feel terrible about how I Steve Harvey’d myself) was team Pabst and Natty w/Spud. They managed to beat the second place team by a paltry 1.5 points for the season. It was a fight to the finish for sure. Stay tuned here and I’ll announce when the next season will begin.

grand prize, a grill with smoker attachment (not pictured) and a tour and swag bag (also not pictured) of Cahaba brewery, one of our sponsors.

Trivia is rough on me, so I am glad for a break, even if it isn’t for very long. Anything is better than nothing. But I heard you all, and trivia will be back for certain!

As I like to do every week, now is the time for me to give you an opinion on something that you might want to check out. This week, it’s a podcast recorded here in Birmingham by a few people I know (well, I know one of them). Having listened to the latest episode today (11) while I was shopping, I realized there are a lot of people out there that I know who could benefit or at the very least, be entertained by, this show. It’s called Work. Life. Balance. ( )

They are millennials, but don’t hold that against them. They have guests on there and it is a quite an entertaining and educational show.

Finally, we are going back to this building’s roots and doing a taco special this week. Jake made some fantastic verde sauce this weekend and now we have basically turned it into a tomatillo verde sauce with a little bit of spice from the fresh jalapeños. Coupled with the fact that I made a sangria the other day that we are offering mixed with our frozen margarita; this week we are clearly headed south of the border. Join us?

And with that, I will take up no more of your time. I managed to take just long enough that it started raining again and now must take the wet road home. Just remember, it is far more useful to think differently than to think the same.

Ever your servant,


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