We’ve got it. Once upon a time we were hoping to be open by May 5th. Seriously. Then we said June. Then we said mid-July! That quickly became mid-August.. You get the idea.
Interestingly, the liquor licensing went pretty smoothly. We really expected that to be the toughest part of all. Our biggest hurdle turned out to be the architectural plans.. getting them drawn up.. approved.. and beginning construction. This headache is still on-going.
Our easy-breezy attitude is long gone and I can’t believe I once referred to Joe as patient. Not to mention, describing him as cool as ice. Oh yeah, that’s the thing about opening a restaurant. Expect to imagine yourself taking out your business partner with a steak knife or a fork. Arguments will be had. Tears will be shed.
You will never look at your business partner the same way again. But you know what? When you’re hanging on to your sanity by a thread.. when everything aches.. a moment of clarity/bewilderment/OH.MA.GAWD! will come. You will realize, hot damn, this is ours. We are our own bosses. We are CREATING.
It’s not all roses and posies after that. Arguments will continue to be had. Tears will continue to be shed… but in the midst of those brutal moments you will recall that tiny brief magical moment, when it all clicked.
For me it was after two brutal days of physical labor. I was willing my arms to continue holding up the roller of paint.. and it just came to me. I smiled. I laughed. (while standing on a bucket by myself with paint-speckled arms.. yes, i looked mad)
Bro & Sis on his bday in ‘09..
«I love you brosky. No matta wuuut! It’s all worth it.. now let’s get ‘er done!»
There will also be moments when you look at your business partner and see how badly they want to succeed. When the drive & determination they exhibit will inspire you.. Those are great too :)
Moral, of the story: starting a biz isn’t a piece of cake, easy as pie, a walk in the park, blah blah blah. But boy is it worth it..
Hasta la proxima,