Today we’d like to introduce you to Happy Jordan
Hi Happy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Mark retired from the Army after 30 years and Happy was home raising the kids so once the kids left, it was time to do something together. WE LOVE FOOD so something food related seemed obvious. “We want to serve good food to our neighbors and friends and the Dunedin community” in what feels like our backyard – something small scale and unique. How about a food trailer with a ‘cracker’ style facade serving Po’boys and Gumbo at picnic tables? We deliver lunch to the downtown area and to the local ‘drinking establishments’ on our really cool bicycle. You can also call ahead and pick it up! BTW, both kids have Army careers in one capacity or the other – check out their status on the tree!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Actually yes, once we got over the fear of opening a new business! Dunedin has welcomed us with open arms! One challenge we had was selling the idea of a permanently placed food truck to the City and CRA. They didn’t want food trucks on their streets and didn’t want to see them sitting on property. I illustrated our idea using our son’s Pinewood Derby car pulling into a cardboard structure I created and explaining our concept! Boom, they got it! Of course COVID has presented its unknowns. We went to all to-go in March before shutting down for five weeks in April. Things were getting weird and we let our ‘window girl’ Liz, a retired Air Force Medic, make the call since she was the one in the public eye. We have music on Saturdays and I felt so bad for the performers losing gigs so I kept them on my calendar so they had work and could make tips and our to-go customers had some nice live music to listen to while they waited. Now we’ve added music to Happy Hour on Fridays as well.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
This is our work and we love it or we wouldn’t do it! Mark is a 30 year Army retiree and jokes that this is our ‘retirement gig’. Because we’re so small we can’t use the big food companies for delivery so we gather the supplies. We do all the prep and cooking of course. Mark’s job is the grill and fryer, Happy’s is the stove and everything that goes on it – Gumbo, Red Beans, Creole, most of the specials, all of the salads. Everything is homemade and from scratch. During business hours Mark’s on the grill and Happy makes the sandwiches – when he can escape, Mark’s in the yard getting to chat with customers and love on the dogs!
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Supporting local is number one! We source our home made andouille sausage from Southern Steer in Clearwater, seafood from Jensen Brothers Seafood in Dunedin, fresh veggies from Dunedin Fresh Market, and cookies from Scones Age and Kookie Krums. When I need coffee for my brisket rub, I go to Tukro Coffee down the street. Woof Gang Bakery is our go to for dog treats! We have participated in Shop the Boulevard, had a ‘float’ in the Downtown Christmas Parade, helped raise funds for the VFW several times, collected toys for a Fostering Hope Florida, fed National Guardsmen in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, delivered meals to our local Fire Departments and Hospital during COVID, and of course participated in Mardi Gras and our own Fat Tuesday event!
- Po’boys $8 – $13
- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo $7.50
- Shrimp Creole $10
- Specials around $9,
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