Shorty’s ready to bring the flavor

Pictured from left are Shorty’s Smokehouse owners and managers Anthony Hassler and Brandon Bauza. The new barbecue joint will open later this month at 121 S. Main Street in Waterloo.

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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James Moss

James is an alumni of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he graduated summa cum laude with degrees in mass communications and applied communications studies. While in school, he interned at two newspapers and worked at a local grocery store to pay for his education. When not working for the Republic-Times, he enjoys watching movies, reading, playing video games and spending time with his friends.
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