Rebirthing Icons: Two experienced restaurateurs tackle the age-old questions: Why you? Why now? Why there?

What makes a restaurant operator think he or she can succeed in a space where others may have had a good run, but then closed their doors? Sometimes it’s the previous operator’s failings, sometimes it’s the location—the neighborhood’s demographics have changed, lingering road construction scares away patrons or the space is too big or too […]

Saving Money on Employment Matters

Employment law is nuanced, and contains many pitfalls and traps for the unwary. The purpose of this article is not to discuss all of the intricate details of the law but to focus on how recent trends affect food service operators financially. The short answer is that there are no short answers. However, we do […]

Tenant Has Talent: Chef-owners are in it for the lifestyle and dream of restaurant ownership, not the money

It’s fun to see someone in the restaurant industry pursuing their dream on their own terms. Cameron Cecchini, co-owner of Tenant on Bryant Avenue in South Minneapolis, admitted to me the first time I dined there that he and his business partner weren’t going to get rich here, but he was enjoying cooking the food […]