The Pata brothers are in business.
Jeanson Pata and his younger brother, Wildmike, have combined their passions for barbeque and a desire to start a business to open Pata’s BBQ and Wings in Mitchell. The business is located at the former site of Doug’s Auto Sales at the corner of Sanborn Boulevard and Havens Avenue.
The business was opened at its permanent location on Aug. 30 and sold out of its offerings earlier than expected. Pata’s has a large wood-fired smoker outside the nearly 700-square-foot building, and there is outdoor seating available for when the weather is nice.
“We haven’t had a bad review yet, so we’re having a good time with this,” Wildmike said.
The menu emphasizes pulled pork, ribs and wings. The sandwiches are uniquely served on Texas toast, and two of the sandwich varieties include homemade coleslaw. There are eight varieties of wing flavors and dry rub seasonings, as well, along with what are called “honey wedges,” which are biscuit slices that are served with honey on top.
They have Florida roots, which is apparent in their restaurant slogan: “Put Sum South in Your Mouth.”
“This is just something we love to do,” Wildmike said.
Jeanson said the menu is a perfect match of the two brothers’ interests.
“He’s always done barbecue, ever since we were in Florida. I’ve always liked to do wings,” Jeanson said of his brother. “So finally we decided that we wanted to be business owners and we decided, ‘Why don’t we do this together?’ Once we made that decision, we went around and looked at rental properties and found Doug’s, and he was willing to lease to us.”
Doug Altman owns the corner-lot property, which is oddly shaped and has drawn the Mitchell Planning Commission’s attention because it’s a high-traffic area. The lot is essentially three-sided and is rounded against the northbound turn lane from Havens Avenue to Sanborn Boulevard. The main traffic concern, public safety officials have said, is the speed of traffic coming around that northbound curve onto Sanborn and potential turning traffic on nearby West Fir Avenue, which Pata’s wants customers to use to access its businesses.
On Monday, Pata’s was approved for another six months with the current traffic and building plan at their location, now running through next spring.
With an outdoor smoker, a barbecue business that works outside has some limitations. The Patas said they will likely close in November for the winter and re-open in the spring, potentially as early as March.
Unfortunately, Wildmike’s health concerns slowed down the business earlier this year. Doctors determined Wildmike, 36, had a stroke on July 5, and he spent weeks in intensive care receiving treatments and therapy.
“He’s my right-hand and left-hand man, so it’s been hard for him to not be around as much when we’re getting this going,” Jeanson, 37, said.
The last few months have also included turning an auto dealership into a food establishment, a task easier said than done.
“We really had to renovate the whole building,” Jeanson said. “We spent about two months scrubbing down walls, cleaning and painting. The challenging part of it was convincing the health inspector that this is reasonable, that we would have it up to par. We told him to come again, and he did, and he was pretty impressed of how we have it set up.”
The business’ hours have been limited early on, the brothers said, to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Long-term, the plan is for Pata’s to be open four days per week, including 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, according to information presented to the Planning Commission on Monday.