It looks like I am going to take the leap of faith and join the team at this restaurant. During the past week I have talked to many people who know the establishment and asked them for their feedback. To a tee they all said that they want to love this place. They all said that the room is fantastic and they think it has tons of potential. Then on the other hand, not one person liked the food or the service. That is where the problem lies. If the food and service suck, am I going to be able to change that? Sure, I could change it on my own, or I could have done it right at the beginning. It is much harder to turn a truck around when it is heading for a wall, then putting it on the right road in the first place. So we will see.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, this restaurant is owned by several very influential people in the food business. The only problem is that they are so influential in many ways that they do not have the time it takes to focus on nurturing this place into success. Supposedly that is why the called me. Not only am I a well trained chef, but I like to think that I have the people skills to help motivate the staff out of its complacency. But you know how restaurants can be. They are fickle at best and not all staff members are going to respond well to a guy like me, if for no other reason than I might make the kind of waves which could ruin the sweet deal they have now. At the present moment no one is running the joint with any kind of authority. In fact the restaurant seems to be operating of its own volition, which I believe can be the kiss of death in the long run.
I have mixed emotions about this project. On one hand I am very excited, because I love what I do and the challenge of it. On the other hand because I have been around the block a few times, I am not looking forward to having to play super nanny to a troubled child. I simply want everything to jump in line no questions asked. But you and I know that this won’t happen, nothing is ever that easy.
Anyway, my first day is tomorrow. As I promised I will blog every day from now on and keep you apprised of how the situation un-folds. I think it will be a good journey to undertake and hopefully it will be the kind of journey which will end in success. Being successful in the restaurant industry is all about dedication and hard work. And even with those factors in place it is still a gamble at best. There is nothing more wonderful than a full restaurant. I love the chaos and insanity of it all.