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Shotgun Willie's Brings Texas BBQ to NashvilleBill Laviolette’s first foray into the barbecue business was a midlife crisis that ended in failure. The Houston native had moved to Nashville in 2008 with his then-wife, Sara. The recession dried up the business coming into his commercial real estate marketing firm, so the couple turned to food and introduced Nashville to kolaches. After their divorce, Sara continued running Yeast Nashville, and Laviolette sunk his finances and energy into a barbecue truck. “I should have traveled the world or whatever,” he said, considering the money he burned through. He called his place Shotgun Willie’s BBQ after his favorite Willie Nelson album, and as a cheeky way to get his name in there too. But Laviolette couldn’t build a following and closed the trailer in…

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