How do they do it?

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By Katy Korkos

The rumor mill is always churning in the county, with unsubstantiated rumors about businesses closing. Recent “separations” at the county’s largest employer have put a damper on the local business environment, but reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain.“We’re not closing,” Liz Carlson said. Carlson and husband Bob own Bob’s Bodacious Barbecue, which grew from a mobile outfit they took to festivals and barbecue competitions, to its permanent location in the Hilltop Shopping Center just off Diamond Drive. “This rumor goes around every couple of years,” Liz Carlson added.She admitted she and her husband have had a hard time finding reliable help, which means they must work long hours to keep things running. Like most businesses, the restaurant would be for sale if the right offer came along, but the Carlsons said they love this town and hope to stay.Though Liz Carlson does dream of living in a place where there is a labor pool to draw from, she does not want to leave Los Alamos, and believes that the business has already survived its most serious challenge. “We opened the month before the lab shut down.  We’re hanging in there,” she said.The restaurant’s “Bike Night” will resume this Wednesday, after a brief break for winter.

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