By BRIAN SMITH
When Jeff Carr opened The Shed two years ago, he had low ambitions considering his location inside David’s Stove Shop on FM 5 and I-20.
“We’re not easy to find. You have to want to find us,” Carr said. “When we first started we wanted to stay small because we don’t have a lot of space but the public has decided otherwise.”
Carr says the slow, steady growth of the restaurant in the early days was a good thing, allowing the staff to get to know each other and adjust how things get done. Carr, a Weatherford native says he gets up at 3 a.m. every day to make sure everything is fresh made and made to order.
“We bake the bread and buns for our sandwiches and burgers every day,” Carr said. “Our turkeys for our turkey sandwiches are carved fresh as you order. Our burgers are hand pattied. We don’t have much storage space, so we have next to no overhead, so you can be sure everything you’re getting is fresh.”
There’s really no room for overhead as Carr and his assistant chef Kim Walker get all the food prepared in a 12’ by 9’ kitchen for crowds that can approach 200 people in the four hours The Shed is open on the weekends. Carr said when he runs out of a number of items, he will shut down for the day.
The menu says it all stating the restaurant does not do fast food but uncompromising good food.
Seating is limited, with a few old style wooden picnic tables and some new booths, which were installed last week to add a bit more seating. Though nothing more than word of mouth advertising and not even a sign to direct people where to go, the Shed has become the “in place” that only a select few (or hundred) knows about. Carr and his staff must be doing something right, as TripAdvisor reviews have made the Shed the highest rated restaurant in the city/area.