Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The sign says it all !

I got Katie a personalized sign for the restaurant for Christmas. I think it fits perfectly!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The words out !

Our local county newspaper called us and wanted to do an interview with us. We gladly excepted ! Now we are in the newspaper again for our new restaurant and the story behind it. Our lives have really become exciting being celebrities here in West Virginia !

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

63 is ok with me !

We came home from running errands and i sat outside for a bit. Here it is 3 weeks from Christmas and it's 63 degrees out. Not that i'm complaining but, it's a good way to get sick! So i look around to see the animals were all feeling that way too. I had to get the camera for this kodak moment. Oh yeh and if you haven't been to "SHEMPS" yet , you need to come out Friday night  at 6:00pm to see " Jim Petry".

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Big Surprise !!!

I came home early from the restaurant on Sunday, to rest for opening day of buck. I'm sitting at the table having some pizza Katie made for me for lunch. I look out and see extra legs on my one cow. So i got a better view with my binoculars and what a shock i got. There was a calf standing next to it's mom, that i thought wasn't due till March. It's like i was meant to be home to help him into the barn and on the teat. We named him Chilly after our favorite 6 year old customer suggested we call him.So in a way Ryan , he's your calf buddy. Chilly is very healthy and jumping around in the barn. I got some pics !

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dee and the Jeep party !

Our newest addition to the farm is "Dee" , she is a bred heifer. How i came up with her name is because her ear tag # is 3. First thing that number reminds me of is Dale Earnhart , initials D.E. or Dee ! She is half black angus , half herford and is called a " White face", in the pics you will see why. I sold " Buckey and Stormy" and bought "Dee" to expand the herd. So now it's " Dee and Momma" both bred and expecting in the spring. I have been working in my spare time fixing up the "55 Willys" , new shocks,side mirrors,gas tank neck,tune-up,carb rebuildand and new pair of sneakers! She's running pretty good , i just need to get some kinks out and she'll be just fine. So you will see in the pic the "51" , "55" and "93" were having alittle get together! At Shemp's today Katie, Gerry and i worked on the booths and put legs on yet another new table. We only kept a few small tables for one or two and the rest are larger for comfort.We got some snow the other night too !

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Shemp's had another successful weekend with our "Philly" cheesesteak as our best seller. Now that we starting making homemade pizzas, they are our 2nd best seller. Friday nite  "Jim Petry" played guitar and sang for us, boy is that a good time.At one time he use to silkscreen pinball machines and he gave me one to display in our cafe. Thanks buddy it will make an awesome addition to our dining room.

Thursday, November 7, 2013


We found out after a few weekends that are tables are too small. We heard that Red Lobster upgraded their seating and gave them to Habitat for Humanity. So we went there and bought some for Shemp's . Now we can seat four people comfortably without moving tables. We have the tables in and are using the same seats , until we reupholster them.This Friday , Jim Petry will be playing again,sure to be a great nite! Soon we will have booth seating for your comfort.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Standing room only !

Friday nite at "Shemp's" we had Jim Petry play guitar and sing for us. He played some good old rock and roll for us and it was a great time! We talked to Jim about being a regular at our place , he agreed to . We also had one of our favorite little guys, Ryan, sing some Christmas carols for us too. What a great nite of music and great food. Jim packed our place for hours and everyone had a great time.Thanks Jim our local "Rock Star" !!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Live music ?

Tomorrow is our fourth weekend open at Shemp's. Our good friend's Gerry & Laurie hooked us up with their friend Jim. Jim Petry is a local musican that sings and plays guitar . He will be playing at our restaurant on Friday 11/1/13 at 6:00 , how crazy is that. We will be serving our normal menu ,dessert and coffee for the show ! I will get pictures tomorrow for those who missed out.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Oh my God !

We have created a monster ! This is our third weekend and "Shemp's is a big hit. We ran a meatloaf dinner as a special and everyone seemed to be happy. My great friend Jerry that runs the radio station in town also has a awesome talent in art. He has made us our menus,coffee mugs, lettering on our front window and very creative signs. We are very lucky to have him as a friend , thanks for all you do for us Jerry ! I got some pics today , sorry it couldn't be sooner but i'm on a great ride and don't want to get off ! Katie couldn't be happier living her dream and she's doing an unbelievable job at it.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2nd weekend !

It's sunday nite and were are home from our restaurant for another successful weekend. Our "Philly's Cheesesteaks " are rockin the house ! We have made alot of new friends that we have supported us and we are so grateful for all your support. We have had signs and pictures donated from our customer's to help make "Shemp's" what it is. I took a few pics today , enjoy !

Friday, October 18, 2013

Free wifi !

We bought a big screen tv for the restaurant yesterday. Our good friend Jerry , who runs our local radio station 104.3 in Cairo, turned us on to "Roku". Check it out it's really cool. So we can play 3 stooges clips and movies , games. We are also offering our customers free wifi and an awesome Philly cheesesteak! I don't know if i ever mentioned , Katie & I are both from Philly and we know the cheesesteak !LOL ! Next post i promise pictures. Tomorrow is the engine show in Cairo where Shemp's is an we expect a big turnout. If anyone that visits my blog needs a nice relaxing vacation , check out Cairo W.V. and the North Bend State Park in W.V. on the internet.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Big hit !

We had a stellar weekend at Shemp's. The Philly cheesesteak was a big hit and we sold a bunch of them. Katie was like a machine in the kitchen and i ran the floor the best i could. I also had alot of help from Lori who made my job easy, thanks Lori ! But mostly , all the support of our friends and family is what made us a complete success ! Thanks to all who made our first days in business so fulfilling !!! Long live Shemp's !!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Be there or be square !

Tomorrow is D-Day 1100 hours ! Katie has mastered the grill and we made our first pizza today. We have several friends that are stopping by tomorrow, i just hope not at the same time! Got new tires on my jeep today and ready to roll.We are so excited and can't wait to give Cairo a new twist in culinary enjoyment . Come get ya some !

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Grand Opening of Shemp's !

I just wanted to announce that our Grand opening of Shemp's in Cairo West Virginia is Friday , October 11,2013. Needless to say Katie has cooked up quite a menu ! From "real" Philly's cheese steaks to ice cream sundae's! I will be waiting and helping Katie with anything she needs.I think i'm gonna be learning to cook too! I promise pictures once this all cools down !!! Come get ya some !!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

In the hood !

We installed the exhaust hood, fan and ansel fire supression system in our restaurant. We are doing a mad cleaning and set-up this weekend cause the board of health comes on Monday. Then we will be open to the public Friday the 11th , Yee-Haw! Come and get ya some !

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ice cream truck?

Ok so i found the ice cream truck for the store.We are going to paint it red and Shemp's in white letters on the door. Also we plan on putting a freezer in the back and selling ice cream at the farmer's market! Check it out!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Off to prison !

Since this will probably be our last open weekend , we went out with our friends. We went on a tour of " Moundsville Prison" and had a great time. We went with our great friends , Jerry & Laurie , that we always have such fun with. Where we parked across from the prison was the coolest ice cream store. We just had to check it out and the prison was awesome too. Next week were putting in the flat grill and exhaust system and i will be super busy. Then the week after we will hopefully be opening , if everything goes well.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Just plain crazy !

Today Katie and i and friends of ours drove to Weston W.V. Our mission was to take the tour of the "Weston Insane Asylum" and boy was it cool. The tour was 3 hours long because the building is the second largest sandstone building in the world ! There was some freaky stuff in there and i'm glad they didn't leave me there. I took over 100 pictures but can only share a few with you. Enjoy!