What’s one misconception about working in the restaurant biz?
Gosh…there are so many, where to begin? I don’t think people realize how fun it can be. If you’re social, and you love making people feel special, hospitality can be an extremely fulfilling career. But, if you aren’t already in the industry, owning or running a restaurant is more complicated than people think. So, yes it’s a blast, but I don’t recommend trying it without a tight-knit, diverse-skilled team.
Community is a big part of the Blockhouse way, what’s one or two of your favorite spots to hang out outside of Blockhouse?
I haven’t been out much since we opened, but before that, I was really attracted to the vibe at Cafeza. The staff seems to go above and beyond to make guests feel welcome, which tells me the place is owned and managed by people who care. “Cool” spaces are only well-furnished rooms without awesome people, so I always pick up on if the staff is enjoying what they do. And second, if I had more time I’d hang out at Vino & Vinyl – the owner, Paul, is a regular of ours and he is pure gold.