Shorty’s ready to bring the flavor
Anthony Hassler and Brandon Bauza met several years ago while working in the aviation industry in St. Louis.
They worked together for five years, and in that time learned they shared a passion for barbecuing.
“We started out as backyarders,” said Bauza, a Waterloo native currently living in Imperial, Mo.
“It was more of the passion for barbecue that drove us,” Hassler, a Waterloo resident, added.
The friends considered opening their own barbecue restaurant. Those plans kicked into high gear when they found out both their jobs were being depleted.
In February 2017, they began working on a business plan and by October signed a letter of intent to lease the building that will soon be home to Shorty’s Smokehouse.
That historic building, located at 121 S. Main Street, was once the City Hotel. It has been a fixture of downtown Waterloo since the 1800s…>>>
Read more in the February 13, 2019, issue.
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