As for why Brooks’ is expanding its sauce business, Brooks said it was partly to provide security for the business in the long term.
“My goal is to sustain, stay in Oneonta,” said Brooks.
He also said that he had no intention of opening a second Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q restaurant.
Both Brooks and Guenther and Jennings were pleased with the awards their businesses have won.
“We were very surprised and excited,” said Guenther.
“It’s a huge honor for us,” said Brooks.
They also praised each others businesses.
Said Brooks, “When you hear their name and you hear Five Star, they stand behind what they do.
Said Guenther, “We send a lot of people when they’re waiting to pick up their car to Brooks’.”
Brooks’ Bottling Co. and Five Star Subaru will be given their awards at a formal dinner at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown on October 17.
“We’re just very excited for these businesses and congratulate them,” said Heegan. “We’re proud of them.”