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Discovering Downtown Vallejo: Gracie's

by Andrew Urban 03/23/2020

Hi neighbors, and welcome back to another episode of Discovering Downtown. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these turbulent times. At first, I was tempted to pause the Discovering Downtown series, but I want to continue to showcase the amazing local businesses that Vallejo has to offer, and bring a little bit of positivity to people’s newsfeeds. This week’s episode of Discovering Downtown features none other than Gracie’s Barbeque, a local eatery that made its way to Forbes’ list of the “5 Best BBQ Joints for an All-American Road Trip.” Head to my Facebook page to watch the full video.




Here is what we found: 


  • Gracie's has been featured on Forbes’ list of the “5 Best BBQ Joints for an All-American Road Trip.”
  • They are known for their ribs, their roast chicken, and their homemade teas and desserts.
  • They are open Tuesday through Sunday.


Thank you, Gracie’s, for letting me tour your local business!


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Andrew Urban

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About the Author

Andrew Urban

 I want to take this opportunity to share a little of my story. A note my mother sent me a long time ago, still hanging on our refrigerator, reads: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

I experienced this philosophy in action for the first time when my father moved our family from Germany to New Zealand when I was a boy. It was a scary experience to uproot and move more than 10,000 miles away from home, literally to the other side of the world!

I took to New Zealand well, attending school and earning a degree in accounting. It’s commonplace for young Kiwis to leave the country and see more of the world, which is how I found myself in the United States for the first time.

I got my first job here as an accountant with a travel company. One thing led to another, and I ended up staying, building a career in finance through senior roles at Hyatt Hotels, a law firm, and a strategic consulting company.

Corporate America started to wear on me, however, and I elected to leave before I was driven insane. For a change of pace, I founded a home repair company in Benicia with my wife, Dawson. Through our work, I gained deep knowledge of our real estate market.

Between 2005 and 2006, I spent a lot of time in the hospital. When you’re confronted with your own vulnerability like that, you start to think about what you want to do with your life. I was stuck in a hospital bed, but I was determined to turn that difficulty into opportunity.

One of the changes I decided to make was to pursue a career in real estate.

It was a great place to start, but my timing was not ideal- the Great Recession began less than a year later. When the market downturn hit, I still wasn’t deterred. When I make a commitment I stick with it, and you already know my stance on difficulty and opportunity.

Buying or selling real estate is an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent will have significant impact on your results. I understand well the challenges owners and buyers face, and I invest time to educate each one of my clients and show them how we can win.

I signed on with Keller Williams Realty, a worldwide brokerage that matches my mindset and provides me with support and training to keep my skills sharp. I look forward to reaching even more people in need, and I’m confident that our future is bright!

It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’m committed as a professional to provide the highest level of service and I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate how my knowledge and experience will deliver value to you.

Andrew Urban