A tribe is a large family made up of both blood relatives and those acquired through other means like adoption, marriage or the bonds of friendship. It is only fitting, therefore, that one of Farmerville’s newest eating establishments chose that particular name. Tribe’s had its grand opening and ribbon cutting November 7 and the turnout, food and entertainment were exceptional.
Tribe’s Restaurant is owned by David Chrisman and Colby Rushing. While two owners of a restaurant is not an unusual thing, those owners being father-in-law and son-in-law lends a unique dynamic to Tribe’s.
David Chrisman fell in love with cooking at a young age when helping his mother, and while he grew up and ventured into various other businesses and interests, he never lost that love of cooking.
Colby Rushing also developed an early love of cooking. His fondest memories are of being in the kitchen with his grandmother who fostered his culinary interests and encouraged him to learn all of her secrets.
When Colby married David’s daughter, Bre-Ann, it was inevitable that these two would discover their shared love of cooking. David had a booth at Big Creek Trade days where he sold handcrafted furniture on the weekends. Colby was there helping his father-in-law on one of these weekends. The pair walked down to one of the food truck to grab a burger and fate stepped in. After watching the preparation of their food, they both decided they could do a much better job of operating a food truck.
After discussing their new business idea with family (because with this tribe, family always comes first), it was decided that they would indeed embark on a new venture with Colby as chef. They decided to call their business Tribe’s, as that is what this closeknit family considered themselves.
The Chrismans and Rushings operated their business out of the trailer for several years but always knew they had grander plans for Tribe’s. Chrisman, a Union Parish native, knew that he wanted his business in Farmerville and the clan soon found a great location. The Tribe’s bunch did the construction and remodeling of the restaurant themselves. This process took two long years and they encountered some pretty serious obstacles along the way. One of those major obstacles was Colby’s horrific automobile accident. “That wreck bonded me and Colby from that moment on,” said Chrisman. “I didn’t know I loved him that much.”
Through prayer and determination, Rushing overcame his injuries and Tribe’s became a reality. Everything about Tribe’s has a unique and interesting story including the logo, the restaurant décor and the amazing menu. “I am so proud of my family and what we have worked together to do,” said Chrisman. “Most of all I want to thank God because He has pulled us through and He has got us to where we are.”
Rushing considers himself lucky to be alive and to be surrounded by family and the loving people of Union Parish. “Tribe’s is a physical representation of everything I’ve ever received from my family including advice and all that I’ve learned along the way,” said Rushing. “I love my family very much in more ways than any of them could ever understand.”
Chrisman and Rushing and the whole Tribe invite you to come and enjoy the whole Tribe’s experience. Rushing’s menu, which includes a roast beef melt, fish tacos and the heavenly Pow Wow, will not disappoint. Chrisman will venture over to your table and visit. Ask him about the tables, the bullet hole, and the nail. You will not be disappointed. Tribe’s also plans to have live music once a month.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to the people through such a comforting way as food,” said Rushing. “I want you fat and happy after leaving my place.”
Tribe’s is located at 380 Bernice Highway, Farmerville and can be reached at 318-278-2183.