I have a very big event coming up in my life in the next day or so. No, I’m not getting married. But, I guess since I’m less than 24 hours away from it happening, it won’t hurt to say now that I am opening a second restaurant. I am signing the lease tomorrow! This has been something that I have been working on for quite a while and I’m so happy that it’s finally happening.
What’s it going to be like? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s going to be, like, AWESOME! It’s going to be a sports themed place just like McKinney Avenue Tavern. The main difference is that this one is located in a small town as opposed to the big city. Everyone has been asking me why I would open a bar in a small town where there isn’t much happening? And my answer to that is actually in the question. There’s not much happening so my plan is to be THE Place that IS HAPPENING! My new place will be the BIG FISH in a SMALL POND! We will still have Great Food, Sports, Karaoke, and live music from time to time. And I’ll even take some of my crazy ideas like Midget Wrestling and some of the “unusual” things that we have done at the MAT.
But I have to say… it’s a very scary thing. Nervous, scared, yes, these are real feelings that are all going through my body right now. There is no support group. There are no investors or business partners… it’s just me. “Starting” a restaurant is very different from buying a place that is already in business. I have no real way of knowing what to expect and I don’t know the answer to the question: Will people come? Also, It will be up to me to come up with the menu, decorating, giving the place an identity, character, and most important, hiring the employees in a city where I don’t know ANYONE, etc. From busboys to the manager and everyone in between… I have to hire them all! But on the flip side…There is a whole town full of people that have never heard me sing karaoke. haha