• August 20, 2014

New family-owned restaurant serves piece of American dream

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:30 am

A new family-owned and operated restaurant opened on Monday in the Cove Terrace Shopping Center in Copperas Cove.

Siblings and Marble Falls residents Jamie Farrington and Pamela Spratlen held the grand opening of their new restaurant Pam’s Place, which serves catfish and barbecue.

The opening came after several months of planning, with some expected and unexpected twists and turns for both siblings and their families.

During that time, Farrington moved his wife of 13 years, Tammi, and their two children nearly 900 miles from Colorado to Texas to go “all in” with his sister in the family business.

“We both got tired of our corporate jobs. I quit my job in Colorado and my wife quit her job. We sold our house and moved back to Texas,” Jamie Farrington said. “I wanted to start a restaurant for five years and saw an opportunity with my sister.”

Although Spratlen did not make a dramatic move with her husband and children, she also quit her corporate position and believes the idea for the new business had a little divine intervention. In fact, neither sibling knew the other wanted to start a restaurant before the Spratlen’s Colorado trip seven months ago.

“I went to Colorado to see my mother for Mother’s Day and that’s when my brother and I talked about it,” Spratlen said. “My husband and I were talking about starting a restaurant in Marble Falls, a barbecue restaurant.”

Although their original restaurant location in Marble Falls fell through, these former Covites said they prefer to be back in the town they loved. They lived here in the 1970s due to their father’s military affiliation.

The two said the transition from corporate life to small-business owners has taken them on a journey that feels like they are living the American dream.

“I moved from the big city because I wanted to go back to a smaller community,” Jamie Farrington said. “It’s sad to see all the mom-and-pop businesses going out of business because of bigger corporations. It’s the smaller communities that keep America going.”

The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday, and a 15 percent military discount is offered to active-duty and retired soldiers, as well family members with military ID.

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