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Old 12-03-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Hi all,

I am thinking about opening a restaurant, specializing in American Southern cuisine and barbecue, in one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden or Norway.

I do Central Texas style bbq, which is mostly beef, but I'm going to learn the Carolina styles because they're very knowledgeable about pork. The quality will be fine-dining level (I'm currently in chef school) but I want the atmosphere to be relaxed and friendly, like a high quality diner or roadside cafe.

Are there any Europeans here familiar with this type of food? Do you enjoy it, and do you think it would do well in your country? Comments from any expats would be appreciated, too, of course.

I really would like to hear your honest opinions about my region's food and how it would be received, so please don't try to spare my feelings. Negative attitudes regarding my cuisine and culture are just as useful as positive, imo.

Thanks in advance for your help. Cheers!
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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I am an immigrant from the U.S. living in Portugal. I can't see your type of food going over in southern Europe. Local tastes can be quite parochial.

However, Ireland and the UK and much of the rest of northern Europe might be a good market...they are much more adventurous about food. It would be a plus if you could pick a restaurant theme that is already tied to something that Europeans know and like about the southern U.S., e.g. jazz, rock n roll. I think you would need to be aggressive about pushing the regional aspect of the cuisine, otherwise people may think its yet another burgers and fries type place.

I would guess that Netherlands and Germany would be good choices.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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Sell ribs. Lots of ribs. Buy a Dreamland Barbecue franchise. You'll make zillions.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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I come from Sweden, and I'm totally 100% in love with American cuisine, especially southern. I've been to the south a couple of times and was impressed by the culinary culture to say at the least! I even brough a few recipes back home and tried to cook it myself (of course the food I make is nowhere near as good as the stuff I had in the US), and all of my family and friends loved it too!

There's a place in Stockholm that sells genuine Texan burgers, and they are doing very well. I think you'd make a killing up here.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I prefer Brazilian Churrasco to Southern BBQ any day.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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I prefer Brazilian Churrasco to Southern BBQ any day.
Is this thread about Brazilian food? If not, why don't you start your own thread. Southern BBQ is completely different from Brazilian and in its true form consists only of pork. It's like saying "I prefer Mexican tacos to German sausages any day".....
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Alaska & Florida
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Is this thread about Brazilian food? If not, why don't you start your own thread. Southern BBQ is completely different from Brazilian and in its true form consists only of pork. It's like saying "I prefer Mexican tacos to German sausages any day".....
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Old 12-04-2009, 12:42 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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We have lived in Europe many years, *off and on*.
Our problem, was always finding good meat that would make a decent steak.
Most of the animals there are kept for the milk production, so a lot of meat comes from other places like South America.

Whatever country you may decide on, make sure that you can import the kind of meat you need to create your specialties.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:27 AM
 
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There is an American Southern cuisine and barbecue style restaurant in NYC, which is popular with the tourists (including foreigners) as well as the locals.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:29 AM
 
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There's only one REAL BBK place in NYC. The owner had to pay 6 millions in installations and permits.
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