June 30, 2010 by wcobserver
West Fork-They say timing is everything and for Andrew Disney, a routine haircut turned into realizing his and fiancée Winona’s dream of opening their own restaurant. Both have quit their jobs and will trade their employee status to become entrepreneurs in a new barbecue restaurant that opens next Thursday, July 1.
Andrew Disney was getting a haircut at Tickled Pink Tanning and Hair in West Fork, when Tiffany Devore told him about available space for lease in the same plaza and that its owner was hoping a restaurant would open there. He said he told her, “Winona is just going to bust.” Winona Disney (she uses Andrew’s last name) said they looked at the space that day and signed the lease. “We’ve wanted to open a restaurant a long time,” Andrew said.
All American BBQ will be located at 88 North Centennial Avenue, #2, in the plaza next to E-Z Mart and will feature hickory smoked ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Andrew says his recipes do not include any MSG and contain ingredients anyone would recognize. Andrew will be responsible for the smoker in front of the restaurant; the couple just finished building a “smoke shack” that will house their wood-fired smoker. Inside, Winona, will be working her magic with “southern home cooking” and offer daily specials that include chicken-fried steak, pork chops and fried chicken. Brown beans and cornbread will be offered every day.
“Everything will be homemade, the biscuits, the cornbread,” said Winona. “And the mashed potatoes, too,” Andrew said. “I have an amazing recipe for coleslaw,” said Winona and went on to list some of the ingredients which included red cabbage, carrots, green peppers and a Dijon mustard-based dressing. The couple also plans to purchase as many ingredients as they can locally from the West Fork Garden Market.
All American BBQ will feature Winona’s homemade desserts which will include cobblers, coconut cream pie and banana pudding, “all made from scratch”. The couple has also been experimenting to create three distinctive barbecue sauces that will include “Bourbonque”, a sauce that contains “whiskey and brown sugar, a mustard-based sauce and a hot sauce.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. A sandwich, meat and drink, will be priced at $4.99, a plate with one meat, two sides, drink and choice of biscuit or cornbread will cost $6.95. The duo will also offer take-out family packs for as few as five people.
Andrew and Winona are almost giddy about wrapping up their work this week as a television production assistant and electronics work on the night shift. Anticipated long hours and hard work don’t dampen their enthusiasm. “I’m used to the hard work in factories. I work 10 hours a night right now. We work 50 hours a week,” said Winona.
The couple has enlisted Winona’s family to help with the restaurant’s opening. Winona’s son, Darrell Pemberton has built a wood-topped eating bar and helped build the “smoke shack”. Her daughter, Emily Pemberton and daughter in law, Sarah Pemberton, both of West Fork, will also help. Even Sarah’s brother, Will from Conway, is spending the summer in West Fork to open the restaurant.
The Disneys were busy this week getting ready for their restaurant’s opening. Wood, antique tin, paint cans, chairs, tables, and tools were all being tapped to help transform the space which will include a flat screen TV for game days.
Andrew will have the smoker going next Thursday by 5 a.m.
“I’ve been grilling and cooking as long as I remember,” said Andrew. “I got into smoking a couple of years ago. We love to eat well.” Andrew says he usually smokes barbecue on Sundays for family dinners. “Sitting around, talking, eating good food; that’s what barbecue is all about,” said Andrew.