Yup, you read that right. Along with Angela and a series of very close friends, probably an over abundance of bravado, certainly no small amount of fear and trembling, the enthusiastic support of my sons, a pocket full of recipes and all the energy and passion I can muster, I’m buying a restaurant.
Let’s back the tape up a little. During the last several years I had the great privilege of running a company that served professional photographers. I tried to teach them a thing or two and help them out while I was there, but in all honesty they were an inspiration to me. In fact, for a long time I’ve been deeply inspired by people who establish and run small, community focused businesses, drawing on their passion and drive to forge a career that provides more than a paycheck. My sister quit a career in academia to start her own quilting store in her hometown of Berlin, Wisconsin. She has never looked back. In part, this decision is due to what I’ve learned from all of you.
I won’t yet say exactly which restaurant it is, but I will tell you it is in my own hometown (Montrose) and it is a place in which I have eaten many times. In fact, the current owner and I started the conversation about what is about to transpire one night when I was having dinner with Angela and the boys. None of us thought seriously about the comment I made that if he ever decided to sell the place I’d love to buy it. Well, here we go.
I will also tell you the restaurant will be called Town. It’s a name that appeals to me. The full name is Montrose Town Kitchen and Grill, but we’re all hoping you’ll just call it town. The menu will feature Pastas, Pizzas and Grilled items and it has an intense focus on fresh, local sourcing and on serving the culinary needs of anyone who walks through the door. People make choices about the foods they eat and don’t eat for a lot of reasons and I strongly believe they should never feel those choices are a burden to their host. With dishes for Vegetarians and Vegans and those with the dietary restrictions of Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy free, diets, etc., we’re pretty sure anyone who walks through the door will find something they want.
I’ve spent many more dinners than I care to count sitting at bars in restaurants around the country chatting with bartenders about the news of the day. Frankly, that’s become my preferred place to sit in nearly any restaurant, so it won’t be a shock to my friends that the bar at Town will become a gathering place where guests will be able to sit and chat or watch a game, enjoy a great, easy meal, laugh and feel welcome.
I need to thank my family and close friends for their support and encouragement. As the next weeks go buy you’ll be seeing more updates here and elsewhere as we make progress.
We take possession of the place on January 1st.
Happy New Year!