So you think you want to open a restaurant?

People ask me if I could go back to the opening of bread&cup five years ago, would I do things differently?  I’m sure there were some things I would tweak here and there, but for the most part I feel like we hit the mark closely to where we were aiming.  I would, however, wished I had known a few things about the restaurant business that I didn’t know beforehand.  Here are some bits of advice I offer if you are thinking about opening your own place.

Stuff breaks.  You know this in theory.  Its advice your dad gave … more »

What does 5 years feel like?

Monday we crossed a pretty big milestone by being open 5 years.  The celebration was just as we wanted it to be. Lots of familiar faces, buzzing conversation and echoing laughter filled our little place for the evening.  I couldn’t have asked for a better night.

Amid the well-wishers, this question,“So how does it feel?” was asked several times.  Obviously it feels great, and very rewarding, but it goes so much deeper than that.  It goes back five years to when we were officially open after our final Health Department inspection.  It goes further back to the day in November … more »

August 02, 2005

Seven years ago on this day, my dad passed away.  There was already a significant amount of stress going on in our lives at that time.  I had quit my job in order to build the restaurant and thus was unemployed, uncertain and now unable to communicate to my father and hear his advice first hand from his own words.  The memory of that day is still pretty vivid. I’m sitting in the same place out on my patio this morning as I was the day when I got the phone call from my mom.  It was right about this … more »