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(06/11/14) - A Mid-Michigan basketball legend is ready to make a slam dunk in the food industry.
He already has a series of cookbooks and spices -- and now, he's taking things to a whole new level.
Former Flint Central and Depaul University basketball star Marty Embry has taken his game from the court to the kitchen - with a new catering business and restaurant.
"This is a dream come true for me. I'm stoked. I couldn't be any happier," he said.
51 to Go should open sometime next week, near the corner of Carpenter and Clio Roads. The menu is southern and will rotate from time to time.
"We're talking everything from fish and grits to shrimp and grits, to the baby back ribs. The key to the baby backs is you want to get that nice char and use a dry rub, and you can see the interior is completely moist," Embry said.
51 to Go has been in the works for a few years now.
"We had some issues that weren't accounted for initially, but we rebounded well and moved on, and I think it's going to pay off in the long run," Embry said.
The restaurant has limited seating and will focus on take-out and catering, with plans to expand down the road.
"This is only the first. A second is scheduled for four to six months from now, it's going to be a southern-themed restaurant, and hopefully I can get on two golf courses, one with a bistro, and one with Restaurant 51," Embry said.
As for the name - 51 - it came from Facebook friends. That's the number Embry wore at DePaul - and of course Flint Central.
"This is an Indian stronghold, but Wildcats and Vikings and all the rest are welcome here, so come on in," Embry said.
For more information on Chef Marty Embry and 51 to Go, click HERE.