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Richard Funk thought the end was near for his Desert Oak Barbecue in El Paso in mid-2018. Traffic was down, and he wasn’t replacing employees who left. He told remaining employees to start looking for new jobs. Since he jumped from a food truck, which opened in 2015, to a brick-and-mortar location in 2017, growth had stalled. “Every week I was wondering if I’d be open the next week,” Funk said. He was back to the hundred-hour workweeks he thought were behind him. “I was doing what I really knew I wanted to do, and I thought I was going to have to throw in the towel,” he said. But he didn’t tell anyone, not even his wife, Suzanne. She resigned from her job not…
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