BACLIFF, Texas -- A local woman and her husband turned a setback into success after she got a pink slip from a NASA contractor.
After working for NASA contractor Boeing for 10 years, Joann Meguess learned she would soon be out of a job.
"One day they had informed us that the shuttle program was going away," Meguess said.
That was four years ago.
Meguess and her husband Scott had been saving up for a pool.
"Yeah we had about $30,000 saved up," Meguess said.
They received the news before they bought the pool.
They decided to take the plunge into the very risky restaurant business. They opened Stomp's Burger Joint in Bacliff on Highway 146.
"It took us almost a year to get it all completed and done," Scott Meguess said. They built the place with their own hands and worked on it every day after they got off while they were still employed. Scott worked as a supervisor at an industrial plant.
Ever since they opened, business has been booming. In fact, Scott quit his job to devote all his time to Stomp's.
"We have been blessed," they said. "I mean the day we opened it was packed."
Hurricane Ike may have helped with that. The other burger restaurants in the area were damaged and closed. When Stomp's opened, it was the only burger game in town at the time.
Customers love the restaurant.
"I eat here every day. It's the best place in town," said customer Richard "Sinbad" Kromer. “The food is good and you get your money's worth."
Stomps has different burgers with unique names. The biggest seller is the Outlaw. It includes a generous portion of jalapeno peppers. Most burgers are about five dollars. The menu also includes homemade onion rings--thick or thin sliced.
The couple is doing so well they opened a second, healthier restaurant, down the road in League City called Soup and Salad House.