As John “Jetman” Thien prepared food to serve at his Jet Bar-B-Q on Friday, he smoked enough meat for Monday sales, too.
Except he sold all of it by 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
“You know, Good Friday is just a flip of the coin,” Thien says of business.
Though a lot of people abstain from meat for the day, a lot of others who live far from the restaurant at 1100 E. Third St. have the day off work and can travel there.
Thien thinks the reason for his “pretty much over the top” business this Friday was a power outage on 13th Street that affected Pig In! Pig Out! BBQ.
“Hate to think I’m second choice,” he says.
Thien even asked customers if they’d stopped by his competition first before trying his place.
“No one admitted to it.”
That’s probably because Pig In! Pig Out! wasn’t closed.
Owner Derek Cochran says while his power was affected by the Thursday night storm, he has a generator and was in business.
“We’ve had a line out the door since 11 o’clock,” he says.
That’s not always the case even though the business serves salmon during Lent.
“Good Friday can be a little tougher,” Cochran says.
He says he’s not sure what to attribute Friday’s sales to.
“It was busier than I expected.”
Thien could be a little less busier soon. He’s been teasing his retirement for a few years now, but he says, “This is the last year I’m retiring.”
He says to look for news in May.
Thien says it’s not like he’s the only person who has ever threatened retirement and not done it.
“I’ve been told I’m the Brett Favre of barbecue.”