If you love great food and great restaurants you serve yourself well to remember that you are a guest.  The shingle on the door invites you to dine.  If you really don’t want the food on the menu, you should not accept the invitation. It is one thing to ask for no onions on your […]

Some thoughts on longevity for independent restaurants: Everyone knows how hard longevity is in the restaurant industry; most of us understand that the statistical average life of a restaurant is unnaturally short due to the number of restaurants that fold in their first few years.  The ones that make it past four or five years […]

During my first year of college I worked at a corporate steak and seafood restaurant at the Maine Mall.  It was a dead end job, but they had a great Christmas party.   For summer I hit up a brother of a friend from my home town, Lynn Pressey, who was and still is the Executive […]

There has always been some tension between culinary grads and those who have learned solely from chefs in the field.  I have worked side by side with cooks and chefs from both sides and I do believe there are benefits to some good professional instruction.  I also believe professional instruction is not necessary in order […]

When I left Al the Greek I got a job at a really well known place.  It was called The Silent Woman and its sign had a medieval looking pub scene which prominently featured a kind of busty waitress with no head serving some jolly men — I always thought it a Henry VIII reference.  […]

The worst thing you can do in business is to fall in love with your own ideas.  This is an issue for all of us who are self-employed, but it’s especially common in the restaurant business.  It has happened to me more than once.  Often it has led me down a road of narrowing options.  […]

Al was a Greek chef.  I worked for him a couple of years after Dave, but still early in my career.  After the music camp, I had worked at a couple of family style restaurants.  One was a pancake house.  They had a great breakfast; three of us could slam out 1000 meals on any […]