AUGUST 5, 2015
Small town restaurant looks to franchise beyond Eastern Kentucky
Everyone likes a good success story. A story about a dream made into reality. The story of a small town citizen that worked hard to make something out of nothing. This is that story.
Brian and Tammy Cramer are owners of the, now franchised, barbeque restaurant Pig In a Poke. How they got to this point is the real story. It starts with a smoker Brian received as a Father’s Day gift. Tammy thought it would be a nice hobby for him and would result in some good meals for their family. Barbequing became Brian’s passion and a craft he quickly mastered as he continued to experiment with his gift. Before long, Brian and Tammy began serving meals part time every Friday and Saturday out of a hotel room in Prestonsburg, KY while continuing to work at their regular full-time jobs. As things tend to happen in a small town, word quickly spread and in 2007 demand for their delicious product led them to open a full time restaurant in Prestonsburg.
Long nights and hard work began to pay off when their family-friendly restaurant had a packed house every weekend. Again, listening to the demands of their loyal customers, the Cramers expanded their restaurant with a second floor providing additional seating and a full-service bar. Soon this additional space wasn’t even enough and in 2011 Pig in a Poke opened its second location in Pikeville, KY.
The Cramers spent several years running both restaurants, providing a relaxing atmosphere where families and friends could meet to enjoy good food. Their hard work is the cornerstone of the success of Pig in a Poke.
Brian and Tammy are now providing opportunities for others to participate in the success of Pig in a Poke by offering franchises. The Prestonsburg location is now a franchise run by well-established business persons Rick and Amy Hughes and the Cramers look forward to seeing Pig In A Poke restaurants in several new cities.
Louisa businessman Gene Wilson said he is in the process of getting plans made up for a new Pig in a Poke restaurant near his Best Western Express on U.S. Rt. 23 but inside the Louisa City limits. Nothing is definite, Brian Cramer said through his spokesperson, but the company is looking at new places to franchise.
“I think the people here would love it,” Wilson, who first said he was going after an Applebees Restaurant for the location, said. “This facility will have a bar and large dining area and is in the same class as Applebees, except Pig in a Poke specializes in old time pork barbeque,” Wilson said. “The restaurant also has steak and baked potatoes and many other great offerings,” Wilson said.
Wilson said negotiations are still going on, but he has already invested in architecture work and planning for the facility.
Meanwhile the Cramers can’t wait to get going on their next franchise whether it be in Louisa or somewhere else.
“Enjoying what you do for a living is one thing, but experiencing someone else enjoy what you are doing is an added bonus,” Brian says of his satisfied customers. “I look forward to Pig in a Poke expanding its operations and in turn having more smiling customers and full bellies.”
If you would like more information on franchise opportunities with Pig in a Poke visit them at www.PigInAPokeBBQ.com