Meet Darrell Sprattling of Pi-bytes in Stone Mountain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darrell Sprattling.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Darrell. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.

I have always enjoyed cooking. In the beginning of 2008, I decided I wanted to open up my own Tapas Restaurant. So, I began making my signature dishes. I would invite people over to taste my creations. They would then, let me know what should stay and go on the menu. I had everything ready for the restaurant; except funds. My wife had grown ill due to complications with her thyroid and I didn’t have the proper insurance for her to have the surgery she needed. In Sept 2009, I to accepted a job over in Iraq as a contract firefighter so she could have her surgery and I could save money for the restaurant. Initially, I planned to do 2 or 3 years but was unable to stay longer than a year. While on my first vacation in Jan 2009, my wife had a total thyroidectomy. She was placed in ICU due to her airway closing. After she recovered, I returned to Iraq to finish my contract.