– Jim Ross closed his BBQ restaurant in Norman, Oklahoma yesterday and revealed major changes to his professional schedule happening soon. Ross wrote the following on his website:
Sunday was a challenging day as we closed J.R.’s Family BBQ in Norman….for good.
Sunday night we closed J.R.’s Family BBQ Restaurant in Norman. We had a fun, almost three year run in a volatile business that saw us make many new friends, serve up some awesome food, launch our on line business, which is growing exponentially, and see our products on the shelves of grocery stores.
However, more importantly, we were able to develop lasting relationships with the folks that worked at our BBQ joint and with the guests, many who traveled from around the United States and from outside our borders, who dined with us since July of 2007.
At the end of the day, our business plan could not handle the shift in the economy or the rising overhead that we encountered.
We make no excuses.
We worked diligently on making this aspect of our BBQ dream come true but this time around it simply wasn’t meant to be. We played the game hard and played to win but we came up short.
Again, we make no excuses.
The good news is that we will continue to cultivate our on line business, perhaps even adding a few, new items down the road.
This site is not going anywhere and we will continue to aggressively market the best BBQ Sauces, Chipotle Ketchup and Beef Jerky that money can buy right here on line. We hope that you will continue to support these efforts.
Plus, we will continue to grow our business in grocery stores which has unlimited potential.
In the upcoming weeks, my professional schedule is likely to change significantly. I’ve realized that there is only so much that I can pile on my plate so perhaps this unfortunate turn of events is a blessing in disguise.
My wife and I sincerely thank everyone who worked so hard at J.R.’s and to all of you who visited us and enjoyed our food.
Life is good…amazing days lie ahead…great health is a blessing…we have much to be thankful for and most of all…