Another adventure

I was in a discussion with a friend the other day, talking about the current state of things in Our Fair-But-Bamfoozled City and my friend made the observation that there are more money-making opportunities in New Orleans these days than likely at any time since Bienville and Iberville first set up shop in the early 1700s. Between all the construction that needs doing, the destruction that still awaits and all the other goings-on (and that regulatory issues are still not back where they were — and that was an iffy thing at best even before Katrina) — I had to agree.

Some of you will remember that in the days immediately after Katrina, I began setting up shop with my BBQ trailer in the middle of Lakeview, at Canal Blvd. and Harrison, selling BBQ and fixins to all the workers out there. Being the only consistent island of food hung between the French Quarter and Metairie, I made a freaking mint — until various customers began suggesting I better get things all caught up in the licensing way before some regulator got antsy. I moved my operation back to its permanent (though gutted) location and tried to make a go of it there — but the location that was good for my pre-K wholesale food operation was pretty much crap for retail. Given the sharp decline in cash flow (and the fact my creditors had run out of patience), I folded the tent and went into hibernation mode, taking a pantry chef job and eaking out what I could.

Welp — TBK and I are now back to entrepreneurship in a high-traffic location (Magazine St) and making another go at it. I know things have changed over the past year and we’ll be finding out firsthand and I might bitch a little about it in this space. Forgive me in advance — but our world remains vastly different in so many ways from The Life Daily in other parts of the country.

This’ll be fun.

13 Comments so far

  1. Jack Ware (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    Me and the boys from work are going to try and get over there on Monday for lunch. Kinda hoping I can get me some bbq sandwich with creamy coleslaw on it. Not sure if that’s on the menu though.

    Good thing I’m not a strict vegetarian hu.

  2. Heatherlee (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    I’m still waiting for my birthday bbq sauce, brother in law.

  3. Heatherlee (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    On a less selfish note….good for you two and the folks of New Orleans. Your bbq is too good to keep quiet. Good mojo your way. All my love.

  4. paulp (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    Dude, I can give you some advice if you want it. Things were pretty slow here for a while, then we put some coupons in the Clipper Magazine. I know it sounds pretty stupid, but the affects were unbelievable.

    We had tv commercials and ads in the paper and so forth but nothing worked. Then we did this Clipper thing and we had to hire more employees because it was soo damn busy. I can get the number for the salesperson. It’s a little pricey, but it works. I guarantee it.

    Good luck. I’m sure you know your life will be a living hell for the next few months.

    All the best,
    Paul P

  5. Craig (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Thanks to all of you. And, Ms. Heather, I will provide you with sauce. Forgive this old dude’s failing memory.

    Thanks for the input Paul. We might try something like that. Like the Yellow Pages, the clipper magazines target people who are looking for something specific.

    …and Jack — bring the crew by. We’ll put together something special.

    A good day today — much better than the opening day, when no one knew we were there. There’s life in the old boy yet.

  6. termite (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 7:36 am

    congrats to you and the beautiful kim.

    magazine is such a loooong street. guess i’m gonna have to drive up and down screaming your name to find it….

    wink* wink*

    unless of course you drop some hints as to the new happin’ location babycakes.

    i love me some bbq. OOOooooooooo =D

  7. Craig (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    I will never spam this board.

    But we’re, um, near Parasol’s (a bar I have nothing to do with, except for being an occasional customer and former employee, right after the storm).

  8. Stacy (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    I’ll do it for you Craig….

    Hey Termite…it’s Alexanders.

    My job is done here!

  9. termite (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    Stacy my love, lunch is on me! muah!

  10. Stacy (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm

    LOL Termite….too bad I’m in Michigan.

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have some of Craig’s BBQ!!!

    It’s fantastic!!

    But I’ll hold you to that for the next time I’m in NOLA!

  11. termite (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

    i’m easy to spot babygirl…i’m the little one swammin’ around uptown with a mardi gras boa!

    come on down! the weather is great!

  12. Stacy (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    Oh, trust me…I’ll make it there again. There is always part of me that could use a drink or two…or twelve.

  13. TBK (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    Y’all make me smile


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