When I was a teenager, I asked a local restaurant owner, Don from The Wagon Wheel, in Goldthwaite, Tx, if I could work for him in his kitchen as a cook. He hired me on the spot and after a week of painting the pantry shelves, I started my training as a prep cook. One day, he showed me the lettuce heads in the cooler and asked me to cut and shred all of them. I did what he asked and when finished, he looked at me and said, “We are going to have to sell a lot of cole slaw this week since you grabbed cabbage heads instead of lettuce heads and chopped them.” I learned the difference between lettuce and cabbage that day and started dreaming about one day having my own restaurant..
It took me 27 years after working for Don to make my dream come true. After high school, I received a master’s degree in software engineering and become a computer programmer for 25 years. After 25 years of programming computers, I prayed to God to give me a different book in my life and he helped me create The Flipping Egg.
Since opening, I have met wonderful, awesome people in my life who have shown me the positive and negatives of owning a business. But most of all, I have learned that praying to God is essential and has allowed me to bring the right employees into my business, in which I have the best team that works here. I have been blessed tremendously by God, my family, my friends, and my employees.
We take pride in our food by making most of our items when they are ordered and using the freshest ingredients we can purchase. Most of these items are my own recipe.
If you noticed the pictures in the waiting room, those are my relatives that lived in the Scranton and Cisco area in the early 1900s. The painted picture of the barn is Lyndon B. Johnson’s barn at his ranch and is painted by my mother, who is a professional artist.
What does the future hold? Hopefully our new restaurant Flapjack & Egg will open in north Abilene and we start franchising it around the states.
Thank you for visiting The Flipping Egg.