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February 9, 2014

Happy trails

By BRIAN SMITH

Brian Zaltsberg was tired of going to work at a job he hated.

Zaltsberg and his wife Stephanie had been running a computer repair shop on Azle Highway for a number of years and had always liked the idea of running a restaurant someday. The couple had had a taste of restaurant and food service by running a food truck at First Monday for about five years on the weekend, serving tacos and quesadillas. After a few years, the couple began offering hamburgers out of their truck as well.

Brian, who had spent 17 years in the computer business, and Stephanie finally had enough of the constant barrage of people being angry at their computers and what it would cost to fix and decided to take a leap of faith and open Outskirtz Grill about 100 feet from where their computer shop once stood.

“Who’s not happy when they’re eating a cheeseburger?” Brian asked. “Cheeseburgers make people happy.”

Not to say there weren’t some stressful days before Outskirtz opened. The couple worked some very long days before opening, working at the shop during the day and the restaurant, which they built from scratch at night.

“The only thing we didn’t have a hand in installing was the air conditioning,” Stephanie said. “We learned a lot about construction in those 18 months.”

Brian said sometimes the couple would be working in the restaurant during the day and a buzzer would sound that someone was at the shop.

“I’d have to go take off and run over there with my tools and all of that,” Brian laughed. “It was all worth it.”

The couple closed the computer store in April 2013. With no restaurant experience, both agreed they wanted a very soft grand opening, not letting anyone know what was going on in the “outskirtz” of Weatherford.

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