The Accidental Restaurateur

how one woman found herself owning a restaurant without really wanting to

How I Hate the Restaurant Business

Is there anything worse than finding yourself in a business you never liked to begin with? My entire adult life, in trying to select a career path, I always insisted “no restaurants and no retail.” So why is it I ended up in retail food business? Someone somewhere in this universe is having a great…

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Are you sure you want to own a restaurant?

After 2 1/2 years of construction, we finally opened this new restaurant and it was gangbusters right out the door: massive traffic, great revues and happy staff. Then the mean spirited-ness began by people who think they’re food critics because they go to a lot of new “hot” restaurants. Meanwhile they don’t know the difference between broccoli and…

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How to build a restaurant without a kitchen

For two and a half years the restaurant operated without a kitchen. I bet you’re wondering how the heck that can be done.   Here is the recipe: 1 impatient chef 1 beleaguered bank account 2 camping stoves 1 Panini press mix together for 8 months until you run out of money add furniture open the…

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In the beginning…

In the beginning there was a copy/fax store across the street from where I lived.   I had never noticed it until a new cafe emerged in it’s place. A well lit, trendy cafe where reading the Sunday paper with a great cup of coffee quickly became a habit.   The cafe was the brainchild of Chef…

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