Friends’ barbecue enterprise usually takes off

5 months ago, Junior Hernandez and his mate Rory Couch were being unemployed following possessing been laid off from their positions.

After figuring out what to do up coming, the two determined to open up a food truck stand and hence Unwanted fat Head Meats was born.

Located on 1551 John Ben Shepperd Parkway, the nearby barbecue organization has considering the fact that slowly taken off and the two longtime Permian Basin people are content about the way points have gone because opening up.

The two Hernandez and Couch experienced lots of practical experience cooking in their lives, which created the selection to open up a foodstuff truck business easier.

“I’ve been cooking for 20 yrs and my buddy Rory has been barbecuing for as extensive as I can bear in mind,” Hernandez reported. “I acquired laid off and owning a meals truck, it is just one of these issues where it can take a partner. If you try and do it by by yourself, you could ignore to do one thing. I understood that I was likely to want some support.”

It wasn’t long ahead of Hernandez (who life in Midland) was driving to his mom’s dwelling in Odessa. But on the way, fate would enjoy a component and he soon observed himself at his friend’s house.

“Something instructed me to transform all-around and go to Rory’s residence,” Hernandez mentioned. “Next thing you know, I went there and we obtained to speaking and he wanted to do the same point. From there it happened.”

It took off but enterprise was a tiny slow at very first as the subsequent day, Hernandez claimed he and Sofa have been earning about $13 on the 1st day.

“We just caught with it,” Hernandez stated. “We did not give up. Issues turned around. We moved to a new location. From there, men and women started noticing us. With that blessing, a great deal of our friends commenced to arrive and see us.”

They’ve been able to make finishes fulfill and so far, Fat Head Meats, employs 5 people and has offered back to the neighborhood due to the fact its opening.

“We received so blessed that we had to support the local community,” Hernandez reported. “We started carrying out what we can. We’re laying the basis. We’re carrying out as a great deal as we can but we’re laying the foundation with what we can do.”

Enterprise has been very good enough for them to keep likely as prospects have arrive for their burgers, sandwiches and bash platters.

“People adore our burgers,” Hernandez said. “People really like our brisket and they like our ribs. As significantly as the sides go, our cheesy potatoes and our smoked mac and cheese. Which is what persons really like so substantially. Our brisket is fantastic. It’s 18-hour smoked brisket. We have our personal sauce and men and women seem to be to appreciate it.”

Like Hernandez, Couch is no stranger to the area, enjoying his higher school soccer at Permian and creating all-point out during his senior calendar year in 1995 as the Panthers superior to the condition championship video game that time.

For Couch, performing with his longtime mate has aided things go smoothly.

“Junior and I have been buddies because we were being youngsters,” Sofa stated. “I went off to perform ball in college or university and I currently knew what he was about and that he experienced been cooking for a extended time.”

That partnership has aided them by way of the rough stretches that came in the first months of the business this 12 months.

“We begun off and shortly commenced building about $78,” Hernandez explained. “Some times I did not want to do it and some days he didn’t want to do it but we stuck with it and supported just about every other. Which is the excellent detail about acquiring a partner. We finished up escalating. Catering has served us out. Buddies and people have assisted us out.”

As considerably as helping out with the local community, Hernandez says that is been a serious subject, declaring that they really don’t wait to try out and help anyone in require if they can.

They established up a give back working day wherever a share of revenue can add to an business or another person in require.

“That’s what retains us heading,” Hernandez mentioned. “Sometimes it’s not about the dollars. Our resumes are fantastic. We know a bunch of persons in the neighborhood. I know foods. I have been cooking for a lengthy time. It’s quite excellent. Assisting the local community is what keeps us heading. Which is what we’re performing. We never want to do something else.”

Sofa has been delighted to assist give again to the neighborhood.

“When I played at Permian in the ‘90s, the town always gathered all over and assisted each other out,” Sofa mentioned. “Times have altered given that then but people have aided me as a result of my lifestyle. Tough function pays off and people today recognize that. To be able to do that and have my greatest close friend and household assistance me out is good. It’s been a tough year for me but I’m however content. We’re working and earning it. It feels very good. We’re happy. We just want anyone to smile. We’re just trying to help people out.”

Michael Bauer is a athletics reporter at the Odessa American. He can be attained at [email protected] at 432-333-7772 or on Twitter .