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New Braunfels Smokehouse and the Wurstfest
One of our favorite all-time festivals is going on right now. The Wurstfest, in New Braunfels, Texas, is a German/Texan celebration of beer, sausage, and music. The eating, for carnivores, is spectacular, much of it supplied by the New Braunfels Smokehouse, which produces those sausage kabobs you see pictured at the top of this post. In all, the NB Smokehouse expects to sell over 40,000 pounds of sausage at the Wurstfest. Read more about the New Braunfels Smokehouse and the Wurstfest in The Herald-Zeithung. The festival continues through Sunday the 16th.
Soul Dog of Poughkeepsie and Some Business Lessons
We visited Poughkeepsie’s Soul Dog earlier this year and, while we were expecting a scruffy urban dog house, we were surprised to find an eatery with a more hipsterish vibe. The gluten-free signs made us trepidatious, but Soul Dog turned out to be a pleasant surprise, because the food was damn good. What we didn’t know at the time was that Susan Wysocki had purchased Soul Dog in 2012 and instituted a few changes, some of which were met with initial resistance, from both the customer base and the employees.
The Poughkeepsie Journal has posted a story about the upsides and downsides of buying an existing business, and Ms. Wysocki’s experiences at Soul Dog is used as a case study. Soul Dog is currently thriving and she’s considering opening additional area Soul Dogs. Interesting and instructive.
Latest From Kingston, ON’s Black Dog Group
During our last visit to Kingston, Ontario we fell in love with Le Chien Noir Bistro. Tim Pater opened Le Chien Noir in 2000 and, since then, has opened Atomica, Harper’s Burger Bar and, most recently, Dianne’s. The Queen’s Journal, the student newspaper of Queen’s University of Kingston, sat down to talk with Mr. Pater about his local restaurants.
A Look at KC Area’s Newest Stroud’s
If you like fried chicken you have a favorite fried chicken joint. And ours is Kansas City’s Stroud’s, where the chicken is pan-fried, not deep-fried, which makes a huge difference. The potatoes, gravy, and cinnamon rolls are also wonderful. A third Stroud’s opened in the area during the summer, in Overland Park, Kansas and the Kansas City Pitch pays them a visit.