SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Wilson, Pig in a Poke owners cannot agree on deal
LOUISA, KY. — Local businessman and attorney Gene Wilson said last week that negotiations have broken down between himself and the owners of the new dining franchise,’Pig in a Poke’. Wilson said he thought an agreenment had been reached last month but when he saw the plans for the new building he would have to build, plus the length of the lease agreement, the two sides parted ways.
Brian and Tammy Cramer are owners of the, now franchised, barbeque restaurant Pig In a Poke which currently has two restaurants, one in Pikeville and one in Prestonsburg, both located in older buildings that have been renovated for the eateries. Cramer said the restaurant began because of his love of barbequeing. He and Tammy started their first restaurant in a hotel room in Prestonsburg, he said.
Meanwhile the Cramers can’t wait to get going on their next franchise.
“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.”
But in Lawrence County Wilson, who owns the motel on Rt. 23 across the highway from the ‘Birdhouse’, announced plans to build an Applebees next to the motel during his successful attempt to vote the city “wet” in December. Soon after the vote was successful Wilson announced that Applebees is not an option and instead he was going to build a Pig in a Poke, which specializes in pulled pork but has a wide variety of other offerings including a wet bar.
Wilson said Thursday he currently has no plans to pursue another franchise but stopped short of declaring the effort “dead”.
Wilson has opened a carry-out beer and tobacco store in the Food City Shopping Center where he owns the buildings and leases them to the franchisees. Both of the city’s allotted liquor stores and a Mexican restaurant which sells liquor by the drink are also located in Wilson’s center.
“I don’t really know what we’re going to do about a restaurant now,” Wilson said. “Our motel is full up all the time and other restaurants in town are surely reaping the benefits of the AEP workers and soon Columbia Gas contractors that will build the new $50 million gas pipeline from W.Va. over the the Big Sandy Plant.”