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#005: From the Nursing World to West Texas BBQ in San Diego – Coop’s BBQ

Brad Cooper (@CoopsBBQ) of Coops BBQ  Website: Facebook: Instagram: Ole Hickory Pits: Weber Grills: Del Mar BBQ Championship: San Diego Reader Article on Coops West Texas BBQ: San Diego Eater Article on Brad Cooper of Coops BBQ: Coop's BBQ on Yelp's 2016 Top 100 Places to Eat: – Brad Cooper, Owner of Coops West Texas BBQ located in Lemon Grove, San Diego – Congrats to Fern's BBQ for taking 1st place in recent Backyard BBQ Competition: – Beef Jerky from Valley Farm Market is a MUST TRY: – Sam's BBQ in Texas with great rib tips: – Coop moved back to Texas in '96 and was around BBQ and soul food because his Dad was running a BBQ shop – Coop moved back to San Diego around '98 and brought his love for BBQ back to SD and started trying as much BBQ as he could – Coop tried Phil's BBQ and saw an opportunity for himself: – Coop started to notice the lack of good BBQ in San Diego, especially Texas style BBQ – Before BBQ, Coop was a nurse for about 11 years – Coop's has a “Big Boy Smoker” that is black & red that sits outside the restaurant – BBQ started out as a passion/hobby for Coops then it turned into real idea to start a business – The first Coop's BBQ started in 2010 – In Southern California, a good BBQ spot becomes a “destination location” – Coop's BBQ is doing very well on Yelp: – Your regulars can help the business go around – “You can never get content in this business, you can ALWAYS strive to be better” – “Complacency kills in the BBQ business” – In the past 6 years, BBQ has really improved in San Diego – Understanding why Texas BBQ doesn't have tons of BBQ sauce smothered all over – Texas BBQ has sauce on the SIDE – Ole Hickory Pits at Valley Farm Market BBQ Shack – When opening a second location, the quality of the food can’t change and should strive to be the same experience no matter which location – McDonalds does a great job at having the same product no matter which location – Coop announcing to Facebook that Da Chicken Coop is closing: – As a business owner, you realize there are no days off – Turnover is crazy in most restaurants with younger kids working – kids expecting things to come to them without working hard for it – Millennials and the majority of their work ethics – “If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it out!” – People eat and buy with their eyes – Cali Comfort BBQ tried everything, even executive chefs, no chef needed now that they have Gene Goycochea – What do you do when you have to close down a new business venture? – New things on the horizon for Coop's BBQ – BBQ/Mexican food infusion spot coming soon? – Smoked chicken rolled tacos and tortas – A big rule in business “DON'T RUSH IT” – “Senor Coops” – chicken & waffles & southern fried fish – The importance of having a good landlord when owning a business – Restaurants can have such great impacts on communities – Benefit for the Lemon Grove Little League Baseball Team at Coop's BBQ: – Owning a successful business isn’t the rainbows and butterflies that everyone thinks it is, it is a daily grind – Coop's employees know that when they walk in the door for their shift, that's when the show starts! – On Yelp, going from a 4.5 star rating to a 4 star rating can really hurt a business – Coops BBQ loves …

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