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Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories

Jun 9, 2017

Stacey Poon-Kinney (@SPKcooks) of The Trails Eatery





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- Stacey Poon-Kinney, Owner of The Trails Eatery located in San Carlos, San Diego

- On Memorial Day Weekend, Valley Farm Market sold 200 gallons of guacamole

- Stacey Poon-Kinney opened up The Trails Eatery

- SPK started working where Cali Comfort BBQ is now back when she was just a kid

- SPK has shopped at Valley Farm Market since she was young, loves the Pollo Asado like Andy Harris of Grand Ole BBQ y Asado

- SPK managed Rock Bottom Restaurant before deciding to open up her own restaurant

- "Good food takes time"

- Running out happens because we are making food from scratch, things aren't being manufactured


- SPK has always loved being around the restaurant environment

- Curiosity drives SPK, she wants to learn about everything

- Being in the corporate side of things, SPK felt like she learned enough skills to start her own business/restaurant

- 80/90 hour weeks are normal for business owners

- SPK went from a massive Rock Bottom system to buying a 34 seat restaurant and felt like she could handle bigger, then re-modeled and re-branded to The Trails Eatery

- The Trails Eatery is a very neighborhood feel, lots of regulars and friendly faces

- Having a sense of community is really important for business owners

- SPK has shopped at Valley Farm Market since she was 10 years old

- The recession hit businesses hard in San Diego, The Trails Eatery included

- The Trails Eatery tried out BBQ Dinners for a period of time

- SPK is co-owner with her Father

- Having a dinner menu is not easy

- A regular brought in an ad for Restaurant Impossible tv show to show SPK and that's how she got on Food Network

- Restaurant Impossible does their full makeover in just 2 days!

- Not many restaurants that were on Restaurant Impossible are still open, The Trails Eatery is!

- 67% close rate from Season 2 90% close rate from Season 1

- After RI, SPK was on Food Network Star

- Being genuine and vulnerable takes you a long way in business

- Cali Comfort BBQ closed their breakfast and that's possibly why they are still in business

- Be prepared to make very tough decisions but they might end up being the best decisions for your business

- SPK was on the 50th episode of Restaurant Impossible

- After RI, SPK was on Food Network Star to film for 2 months, while trying to run her business, while trying to be with her family

- Shawn is all about the TAB sandwich at Trails Eatery

- SPK with the captain of the Essex ship below

- Trails Eatery 10 year anniversary party coming soon!

- SPK used to do Valley Farm steak and eggs, top sirloin, portion cut 6oz, only Derek could cut them

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