Running a paleo restaurant.. a few confessions

It’s been an amazing journey. Where do I even start? What do you want to know? Here’s a few confessions from my end about how things are going.

The things I love: 

1. Our employees. They are absolutely awesome. I could not be luckier and happier with the team we have.  I never thought we would have such an amazing team who works together so well. They are goofy but also hard working. They learn every day. They take  so much initiative. They change things all the time. They are quickly becoming world class chefs, cooks and servers. They support each other and enjoy each other’s company.

2. Our customers.  They are just about the nicest, most enthusiastic, and most amazing people in Boulder. They warm my heart. And so do their kids. It’s so cool to see a kid get excited about a grain-free waffle because they had never had one in their life. And the stories  that they share are unbelievable. There’s a gal who comes for her waffle every morning. She used to go to get her Bakti Chai next door to Vic’s, so we ordered some Bakti chai just for her. Then there is the couple who comes virtually every other day. I love them. Then there is Wendy who comes daily for her kale seaweed salad. And there”s the gentleman with headphones who always orders the ice cream sandwich after his meal. 7 weeks in, we have lots of regulars.

3. Our food. It’s amazing. Every time I order something, it tastes like the most amazing thing I’ve ever had. I love our flavors. Warning: if you love bland stuff, you may not love our restaurant. Some has to do with the quality of protein and veggies we are getting – they are all fresh, organic, currently there’s a lot of local stuff that tastes amazing. And the spices! – I can’t rave enough about the Savory Spice Shop. I go there every now and then and get recommendations from Dan, the owner on the latest spice combinations he’s come up with and I usually love anything that he recommends.

4. The job. I get to walk around all day, talk to our customers, wash dishes, walk around all day instead of sitting at my computer.

The things that have been difficult 

1. Hiring. Finding the right people is perhaps the most difficult task. Figuring out who is going to be a great fit and what their intentions are is incredibly difficult. It requires experience in reading people that I don’t have yet.

2. The ups and downs. They are constant. And we have no idea if we will make it or not. We’ve been open for two months, one day we will be super busy and one day we will be super slow. We continually improve our dishes and flavor profiles, but we really have no idea what’s going to happen. Are we going to make it? I have no idea.

3. The long nights washing dishes. I would do anything to help my team when they are tired after a busy night shift. I will be there till 1 am washing dishes and scrubbing the floors. But even I sometimes go a little too far and hit a wall and get so tired I literally fall into a coma the minute I lay down to sleep.

I’m excited about what’s coming. I hope we make it, but if we don’t, this will always be the happiest time in my life.

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