OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Orrison family is known nationwide for their successful Ocean Springs BBQ joint. There's even a reality show filmed at the restaurant. Since opening in 2001, the restaurant has created a following of "Shed Heads" from around the country, but Marketing Director Linda Orrison admits it is not always easy.
"I think restaurant business is probably the most difficult business there is," Orrison said.
This week, the Orrisons closed their Mobile restaurant after four years.
"It's extremely difficult and you get spread very, very thin," Orrison said. "It's kind of a misconception, you can't just hire management and they will go run the business like you would run it and it will be hunky dory."
She said the family has caught a bad rap for closing, but it was the best decision for their business. The 20 to 25 employees were given two weeks pay and some were offered jobs in Ocean Springs.
This is the second Shed expansion to close. A franchise in Destin opened the day of the oil spill and closed a year and a half later.
"We had no season and half a season the second year," Orrison said.
The only remaining Shed franchise is in Gulfport, it has been open since 2001. General Manager Beth Burdeshaw said their success is easy.
"I have just always, always done it The Shed way, as close as it can be," Burdeshaw said, "I do it that way and I don't falter from that; I don't try to change anything."
Cooks and servers are busier than ever at both locations, especially after the new reality show that features The Shed. Orrison said her family does not plan on opening any more locations.
"My advice to people getting into the business is find your comfort zone and stay there. I mean, it may not make you millionaires or whatever, but being comfortable in your own skin and your own business is really important," Orrison said.
The Orrison family also makes their own BBQ sauce that is now sold in 3,500 stores.