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Social distancing not a problem for this restaurant

While many restaurants have had to shift to take-out only delivery and curbside services to safely remain open during the coronavirus, this hasn’t been the case for Ted Cook’s 19th Hole BBQ. The takeout-only restaurant found itself already well-suited for the times.

Originally established by Ted Cook, the eatery is known for its smoked barbeque and has been a staple in South Minneapolis for decades. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) caught up with owner Moses Quartey (MQ) for a Q&A session about his takeout eatery and the lessons he’s learned during his nearly 20 years of experience as a small business owner.

MSR: What inspired you to become the owner of an established BBQ takeout restaurant?

MQ: I didn’t plan on owning a BBQ takeout restaurant someday, but I took advantage of an opportunity that presented itself at the right time.

MSR: How did the opportunity present itself?

MQ: I first [became associated with TC BBQ during the late 1980s] when I was hired part-time as a pitmaster to pay my way through college at the University of Minnesota. Then …

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