Now that Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas has come and gone, we're beginning to think about winding down 2016 and officially shouting "Happy New Year!" as we embark on 2017. And while some people seem especially eager to bid 2016 farewell, we here at Martin's are saying goodbye to this past year with lots of fondness and gratitude -- for our growth, our stability, and most importantly our family. From pitmasters, to food-runners, to you our customers and everyone in between, we have a great big family here at Martin's and it's only gotten bigger and greater throughout the course of 2016.
Not only did 2016 mark the 10th anniversary for Martin's Bar-B-Que, but it was also a big development year for us. When we look back at the way things were when we first opened our doors out in Nolensville, we're pretty dadgum humbled to have made it this far, and we're plumb honored that members of our family have stuck around with us for just as long.
One of the biggest and most exciting accomplishments at Martin's Bar-B-Que this year was the opening of our new, flagship location, situated right smack-dab in the middle of Downtown Nashville. With all of the original Martin's Bar-B-Que flare that you know and love (you know: sky-blue metal chairs, WrestleMania paraphernalia stuck to the walls, and of course really good West Tennessee style whole hog barbecue) plus some cool new extras, this double-decker Martin's Bar-B-Que was a labor of love that's now become Nashville's bar-b-que hotspot. With two private dining rooms, three whole-hog smokers and an outdoor beer garden complete with two bars, ping pong and shuffleboard, there was just about nothing better than cutting the ribbon on this downtown Nashville spot.
Almost just as exciting, bringing a whole new city into the Martin's family this year was a big step. And what city could be better suited to join us than Louisville, KY? The first Kentucky-based Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint opened its doors in Louisville in the middle of November and we couldn't be happier to have yet another reason to visit our family in the great Bluegrass State and hop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail (and then wash it down with some BBQ of course).
And who could forget the Big Apple Barbecue where we reconnected with BBQ family from all across the country? Or how 'bout Music City Food + Wine Festival, where the Martin's playground was smokin' all weekend long, thanks to some of our closest culinary friends & family.
Man, from introducing our new line of Martin's Original Spices to the family, to spending time with Anthony Bourdain for his Emmy Award-Winning show Parts Unknown, 2016 has been nothing short of exciting and it's brought forth memories that we will remember forever.
None of this would have been possible without your support - from our mammas and daddys to the person we just met last night sitting at our bar, each and every one of you are the reason Martin's is still smokin' hogs for our ever-growing family today.
thank you for your support
and thank you for being a part of it.
We can hardly wait to see what 2017 will bring!