When construction impacts business, barbecue joint cooks up recipe for success

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 16:55:21-04

It has been several months since a bond 2014 project turned part of Corona Drive into a one way only street. That is tough on commuters, but an even bigger challenge for business owners on that street. 

However, one man is not letting the construction run his business into a dead end. 

Travis Brem, owner of Salty Oak BBQ, says when  construction made it tough for customers to reach him, he got creative, and started going to them.     

Salty Oak BBQ is right in middle of the construction project, which started in March. When customers had to start parking a few blocks away, Brem says there was an impact on his bottom line. 

That is when he took matters in his own hands, and started making deliveries to loyal customers. 

He says the response has been overwhelming, and that a little fresh thinking has actually been a recipe for success. 

"We’re going to have to staff up I think, to accommodate. It’s going to be a little dance we’re doing while this construction is going on, but man, it’s refining us," Brem said. 

Brem is grateful construction crews have left sidewalk access to his business, and that the city has put up signage. 

Salty Oak is open regular hours on Fridays and Saturdays, but they will be making deliveries on Wednesdays and Thursdays as long as this construction work keeps up. 

The city says the construction work on Corona is expected to wrap in December.