Our First Survey

At the Gnome Hole, we intend to be a place that will serve the people of the local community.  We think we have a good idea what people want but we want to make sure.  One of the most important features of a successful relationship (and that is what we want with you) is good communication.  We aim to develop all sorts of ways to communicate with our customers, be it through the internet or directly on-site.  We truly want to know what you are thinking and want to hear your feedback, good or bad.  Today, we are starting out Read More …

A Field Trip to The Houston Dairymaids

It has been quite a while since we posted here. Rest assured, the gnomes have all been working hard and we hope to have some news to share soon. Ries and I have been looking at locations for your new favorite pub, Chef Sallie has been finding the best possible food options for our menu, and we have all been working on the nitty gritty things that go into a new business. The Gnome Hole wants to, as much as possible, use local businesses for our food needs. As a community pub, we want to buy local to serve local. Read More …

Poutine on the menu, eh?

It’s official.  We here in the test kitchen are adding poutine as a new item to the Gnome Hole menu.  And I’m not just saying that because I haven’t had dinner yet, or have been reading articles about it lately.  For those of you who know what it is, you’re welcome.  For those who don’t, you’ll thank me later. Poutine and I were introduced several years back when I was on a business trip in Calgary.  I had no idea what it was, but when I read the menu description, I was a goner.  So, for those of you who Read More …

Books on Breweries

I have been doing a tremendous amount of reading lately.  To put things in perspective, I don’t really like reading.  But I have enjoyed all the books I have been consuming.  Maybe it is because I actually have a passion for the stuff I am reading.  There is a lot to this “I’m opening a brewpub” thing.  There are things you knew you didn’t know, things you didn’t know you were supposed to know, and things you thought you knew until you learned you were [mostly] wrong.  As I read these books, I have been going through a roller-coaster of Read More …

Gnome Hole at CBC16

I spent last week in Philadelphia for the Craft Brewers Conference 2016 (CBC16).  It was a lot of fun and I learned a ton.  The fun part is easy to sum up.  Beer!  The education is a little harder to sum up into one or two main lessons.  The biggest thing I can say is that it is all in the details.  And there are lots of little details for so many aspects of starting a business that happens to be a brewery and restaurant. Of the many seminars that were available, I stuck mostly to the Start-Up track.  The Read More …

Fresh from the kitchen….

Hello everyone!  A quick update from the GnomeHole Test Kitchen.  Okay, it’s just my apartment kitchen, but GnomeHole Test Kitchen sounds so much more official, doesn’t it?  Lots of exciting things happening here in the last few weeks!  I’ve been playing around with kitchen designs, building a list of vendors, and other behind-the-scenes stuff that makes a kitchen successful.  More on that in my next post.  Now, for the fun stuff: First, and most importantly….a preview of our Menu!  We’re keeping it simple, and small, and will make changes as we go.  The Food page will be updated as we Read More …

Weekly Roundup for April 15

I looked over the list of roundup posts and I realized I skipped from roundup #6 to roundup #8. There is a reason I don’t do math. I have changed the roundup titles to reflect the date instead. It has been a fun week around here in the brewpub that currently exists only in our dreams. Here is what we have been working on: ICYMI (in case you missed it), our fabulous chef, Sallie introduced herself on the blog. She has some wonderful ideas and is overflowing with energy, something we needed. Sallie’s arrival is completely a God thing and Read More …

Meet Our Chef

Hello all!  Chef Sallie Lardy here.  I’m thrilled to be working with Ries and Michelle (and humbled and a little terrified) that they’ve put their trust in me to help manage the kitchen operations at the Gnome Hole Brewpub! A little about me:  I’m a native of East Texas, born in Woodville and raised in Livingston along with my brother and 2 sisters.  I’ve been a chef/caterer/culinary instructor for the last 6 years.  Yes, just 6 short years!  I have an administrative, technical and training background and before I decided I wanted to be a chef when I grew up, Read More …

Weekly Roundup #8

I know, I know. It’s been a long time, but we have been working on things behind the scenes. This is the time of development where the most exciting things that happen involve spreadsheets and numbers. All the engineers just got really excited and the rest of us went to pour another beer. Prost! Without further ado (saving the best for last): Our friends at Texas Beer Refinery opened a tap room down the road from their brewery and down the road from us. Their new space is great, plus is it very family friendly. They have a new Gose Read More …

Weekly Roundup #6

This past week was filled with a trip to the great white north of Ohio, where we have family. It gave us the opportunity to try a whole slew of local Ohio brews. Our first stop after getting our rental van at the airport was Fisher’s, the local grocery store, where we loaded up our cart with as much beer as we figured we could consume in a four day period. Of all the ones we bought and tried, two stood out, both from the Thirsty Dog Brewery in Akron. Something that always makes me giggle when I go up north Read More …