The six square mile city of Bristol in Ellis County has a population of 700 to 800, but it is suddenly becoming a new Mecca for sushi and more.
Owners Paul and Rachel Han, originally from Seoul, South Korea, bought their business, which includes a gas station, general convenience store and grill, about 15 years ago, and the place has flourished ever since.
There is even enough room for the couple to live on site, which makes it all the more suitable for two entrepreneurs.
From their small kitchen come tasty burgers, but more importantly, tasty sushi, which has become quite a popular destination, causing a sensation in this small town.
However, every weekend the Bristol General Store and Grill’s new and loyal customers generate more business than usual, which is a good thing for everyone involved.
Co-owner Rachel Han shares, “Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of new growth. People come from all over the Ellis County area and beyond. We’ve never really done any advertising in the past, but word of mouth from satisfied customers seems to keep increasing our business year on year.
Paul, the other co-owner, is actually the chef who has been in the food business for over 30 years now. He is the food engineer in charge; his wife Rachel is the administrative manager; Luciana Deal is the kitchen manager; and they have another part-time employee, but are currently trying to hire another worker to help with the new influx of customers.
The Hans have a wide variety of sushi choices on their menu, but their fan favorites seem to be Crab Lava and Jalapeno Bomb. The store / grill is open seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rachel’s business dream
Over 15 years ago, the Han family were looking for the perfect place to establish their roots and develop their own business. Rachel is a loyal and dedicated Christian who believes that God still sends signs to His people from time to time. In a very vivid dream before the property transaction, she was awakened by what she calls a “definite sign from God.”
She had dreamed of a cash register, and when she opened it to see how much money was in it, she saw butter (or cream) dripping from the machine, which made her feel led to believe that their new venture (like Numbers’ “land of milk and honey” in the Bible) was going to be brimming with success. At that time, she knew that God was going to help them start their new business, and she claimed his promise and provisions on their decision to buy all of the businesses – gas station, store, and grill.
Rachel explains: “We’ve never been wanting for anything since we started 15 years ago. God has always taken care of all of our needs. We are very blessed.
Chef Deal says: “The Hans are a wonderful couple. He cooks and she supervises the whole operation. Behind every good man hides a good woman who pushes him to the end to succeed. I think it is thanks to their unity and loyalty that they are successful today.
Bristol is located along Farm to Market Road 660, off the I-45 freeway in northeast Ellis County, approximately six miles northeast of Palmer and 18 miles northeast is from Waxahachie. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.