One 5 Bar and Grille opened on Nov. 3, 2020, by co-owners Shawn and Dorena Collier. They have been each on the lookout for a enterprise enterprise that may permit their household to work collectively in addition to honor the reminiscence of their twin sons, Keyshawn and Shawn Collier, who handed away on April 12, 2015, once they each drowned whereas swimming with associates.
Their journey within the meals trade began eight years in the past once they owned D’s Cell Kitchen, a meals truck, the place they might promote BBQ nachos, BBQ hen and pulled pork sandwiches. The meals truck, nonetheless would solely hit the streets of West Tennessee when Shawn and Dorena had free time.
“We didn’t get to take it out typically,” Dorena Collier mentioned. “As a result of my husband labored a full-time job and so did I, and our youngsters have been youthful.
“So, we may solely take it out once we had free time.”
When working within the meals truck, Shawn and Dorena have been in a position to join one-on-one with their youngsters and launched them to the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship.
“The expertise on the meals truck with the children and us, it was fantastic as a result of for me and my husband household unity is essential,” Dorena mentioned. “We get to show them alongside the approach, and we’re working collectively as a household.”
Their expertise with the meals truck didn’t put together them to the shift and duties that may include having a stationary restaurant.
“The meals truck didn’t put together me personally for a way a lot laborious work it’s, the enterprise requires you 24/7,” Dorena Collier mentioned. “If you go to mattress, late night time hours more often than not, you might be pondering of what you bought to do for the following day.”
Shawn and Dorena needed to work with the challenges that got here with opening a enterprise, from undertaking administration to the sudden COVID-19 challenges.
“Once we bought this constructing there was no pandemic,” Dorena Collier mentioned. “We didn’t understand how a lot work wanted to enter this constructing.
“As soon as we obtained into this constructing and we began pulling issues out, we realized we needed to rebuild the entire constructing grown up. What you’re looking at right here, it’s mainly a brand-new constructing all besides that slab on the ground.”
The Collier household had estimated for the renovation of the constructing to final three months with a set funds, nonetheless the renovation ended up lasting over a 12 months exceeding their authentic timeline and funds.
As quickly because the renovations have been performed they usually have been able to welcome prospects by means of their doorways, they now needed to fear in regards to the pandemic.
“When these doorways have been in a position to open, the pandemic was right here, there was restrictions, individuals have been scared to exit,” Dorena mentioned. “There was discuss vaccination, but it surely hadn’t hit, so we have been sort of apprehensive.”
One factor that has remained fixed since they opened their doorways is neighborhood assist.
“We’re getting new individuals within the door day by day, so I simply know we’re blessed,” Dorena mentioned. “We’re loving the assist from the neighborhood, and it actually encourages us to proceed to attempt to do even an higher job.”
Not solely is neighborhood assist encouraging them to do a greater job but additionally the legacy of their twins Keyshawn and Shawn Collier.
“You may’t discuss One 5 with out speaking about the place the title One 5 comes from, and while you discover out the place the title One 5 comes from,” Dorena mentioned. “You’re protecting their reminiscence alive.”
One 5 is situated on 1605 North Pkwy in Jackson. Their hours of operation are from Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Saturday noon-10:30 p.m.
Paula Ospina is The Jackson Solar’s visible journalist. Attain her at 731-499-0026 or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comply with her on Instagram: @paula_ospina.