We've been serving REAL. GOOD. MEAT. to the good folx of L.A. since 10/2008 at various farmers markets throughout Los Angeles. We started in Watts and have since been to Lawndale, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, and El Segundo. Now we're in Atwater Village (our anchor), Century City, Pershing Square and BofA Plaza Downtown.
We plan to be one of the few places that stays true to barbecue because it's our passion as you can tell by my blog post earlier this month.
We are opening our first restaurant in downtown Los Angeles at the Medallion. Initially we thought we had enough funding to finish out the project but we're finding that may not be the case anymore. The kitchen will be completed with no problems, it's the front of the house we need funding for. We want to make sure we're able to open by the end of April as planned.
The space has already been designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture firm and the smoker has been selected but there is a lot that needs to happen before the doors will open. We plan for this to be the flagship of at least four more restuarants so we plan to be really hands on and big PIMA's (pain in my a$$) throughout the project so we can learn as much as possible for the next location,
The lease is signed the deposit is made and paperwork is underway and we want to make sure that everything doesn't come to a halt because we ran short of funds.
For my out of state and far away folks who donated at the food level. We want to send you something so let me know what we can do in lieu of food.
But the short and dirty of it is that the restaurant downtown is not going to happen. After much back and for the landlord offered us an out and we took it. At the time he said he would return our monies and let us walk away. Well we walked away and we're still waiting.
Since then we've been on the hunt for a location. There were two locations in Long Beach that didn't pan out. The guy that turned us down on the second one is still trying to sell. So sad for him. Well then we tried for a spot in Norwalk. At escrow closing owner said he didn't want us lighting fires so that cost us $2,000 in canceled escrow fees.
Finally we came upon another spot in Long Beach in a residential neighborhood. It's currently an Italian bakery. The bakery owner said we had to get approval from the landlord. After a short conversation we found out the owner was a fan and knew who we were.
Short story even shorter, we close on our location on Friday and will soon give birth to Bigmista's Barbecue & Sammich Shop. And since it is a bakery, we plan to come up with a signature bread that is unique to our spot and to barbecue.
For all of you who have contributed we understand that this is not what you had envisioned for us and we are more that happy to return anyone's money once we get up and running or the previous place returns our funds, whichever comes first.
We plan to have a soft opening maybe next week and we're going to be in operation while we turn the place into our own thing.
As usual we couldn't have done this without you. I wish you all success in every endeavor and all my love.
Yeah, where in Long Beach... in the North East the only Italian bakery is Ferraro's and that would be a great location.
where exactly in Long Beach will this bbq be located? address please...
best wishes brother!!!! im building a bbq place here in guadalajara mexico and i have come to the same money problem as you!!!! but i have faith and you inspire me to keep on trucking along!!!!! be blessed adios amigo and best wishes!!!!
All the best!