Madison Magazine April-May 2019 - Page 13

feed the women’s soccer team, and baseball team, we help out with golf tournaments.” Morin says he thinks that the business will continue to expand, but doesn’t desire to leave the building that his business is cur- rently in, because he likes being a “hole-in-the-wall.” In 2015, the year after they opened, Morin’s dad was diag- nosed with cancer. The mental health agency that Morin had been with for nearly 18 years, said that he could take the time off to be with his father, and assured his job would be there when he re- turned. During this time, the shop never closed, and Morin said he relied on several guys to keep him and the business afloat while he was taking care of his dad. But after his father’s passing and upon Morin’s return to work, the company said they no longer had a position for him. At which point, he made the jump to doing barbecue full-time, going from being open only three days to five days. Morin says that the family hasn’t looked back. “I was lucky and blessed be- cause I couldn’t have done this if my daddy had not brought me that smoker, that’s what makes the money,” he said. “All the meat we do is cooked on that smoker, and I’m sure that 20 years ago when he brought that, he had no idea that I was going to make a business out of it, but it was one of those blessings that I was lucky enough to have.” Straight from Texas is a family business that both his wife and three children help to run. His oldest son works the “midnight shift” tending to the meat, and the other two younger children help with the register, and keep- ing the restaurant clean. On the weekend, the store is only open half a day on Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday, which Morin structured that way in order to watch his kids grow up. “Family is super important to us and that is why we choose to not be open throughout the week- end,” he said. “We go to church on Sundays, and we use that time to hang out and be a family and relax.” Even throughout the week, Mo- rin arrives at the shop at 5:45 a.m. to prep sides and get ready for the day so that when it’s time for his kids to go to school, he and his wife drop them off together and get back in time to flip on the open sign. He says that the family’s goal is just to serve good food and have a good relationship with all of their customers. “You have to love people to do this, and if you don’t love people 216 Pauline Drive Berea, KY 40403 Located behind Smokehouse Grill off I-75 Exit 77 A one stop shop for all your primary health care needs! Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Family & Internal Medicine • Pediatrics Dentistry • Mental Health Full-Service harmacy Saturday & Evening Appointments Available! Richmond 401 Highland Park Dr. 859.626.7700 Berea 104 Legacy Dr. 859.986.2323 Berea 30 Stacy Ln. 606.723.0665 Berea Primary Care 305 Estill St. 859.985.1415 Paint Lick 11652 Highway 52 E 859.925.2444 A P R I L- M AY 2 0 1 9 Madison Magazine 13