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Hannah’s BBQ, success story of GM’s life long dream

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 11:50 PM CDT
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Pottsboro, Texas (KXII) -

Chris Mitchell used to own a food truck and travel around Texoma last summer, but the business went under.

So he took a job selling cars but was laid off when the Coronavirus pandemic set in.

Without a job, and with the determination to make a buck anyway he could, he turned to the one thing he knew best--bar-b-que.

He started selling homemade sandwiches out of his car to neighborhoods around Sherman and Denison.

“I had to make a living, I knew I could cook good food and make good bar-b-que so I just thought of what I could do,” Mitchell said.

When Hannah’s BBQ owner Ronnie Hannah died, his wife Pat moved away, and Lisa Foster bought the business.

Out of luck, Mitchell ran into a friend of Foster who he sold cars to before getting laid off. They asked him if he would be interested in buying the business.

Mitchell agreed and the two met up at Cellerman’s in Sherman and hit it off.

Her next question was “when can you start?”

Since that day Mitchell has been been the general manager of Hannah’s.

“This is more up my alley, that bar-b-que pit is every man’s dream,” Mitchell said.

His day starts at 3 a.m. when he starts smoking 12 briskets, ten pork butts, 24 racks of ribs and 60 pounds of sausage for the day.

Business has “been a butt whippin'” Mitchell said, but “a good butt whippin'.”

It’s been Mitchell’s dream for the last 20 years to own his own restaurant.

“This is just something god blessed me with. That’s the only thing I can think of is god blessed me,” Mitchell said.

Hannah’s is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday’s.

Every Thursday is “veteran’s day” and veterans get 20 percent off. Fridays are “first respondor Friday’s” and first responders also eat 20 percent off.

Saturday’s are “salute to service Saturday’s” and all military, including veterans eat for 20 percent off.

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