Yesterday, we had an office lunch. All 32 employees went one mile down the street to visit a new entertainment complex. It was beautiful and delicious. Everything was on point. I have to admit, even though everything was great, it made me feel a little jealous or maybe even mad at myself for not being able to keep my restaurant going.
Then, after lunch, one of the managers of the venture gave us a tour of the other restaurants and lounges and bars in this complex. Well, everything in this complex was awesome. Each room that we visited was nicer than the one before. There was everything from a BBQ restaurant to a Martini Bar… to a big outdoor stage, outdoor bars, patios, everything. I mean it was jaw dropping. And everything that I saw made me feel more like a loser. Who had the bright idea to take the guy who just closed his restaurant on a tour of the most beautiful new restaurant concept in the city? It almost felt like I was being taken to a pet store to look at all of the new puppies the day after my doggie that I had loved for years got hit by a truck! It probably was stupid for me to feel like that but that’s the way I felt. Well, it was a great tour and even as beautiful as everything was, it was tough to fully enjoy while I was feeling the way I was feeling. Millions of dollars were invested into this HUGE venture and I was struggling to keep the doors open of my little place.