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Thought No. 12: Sunday by Jennifer Wisniewski

People often ask me, “What made you decide to open a restaurant”?” and I respond: “Because my business partner and I wanted to put an elevated dining experience in an underserved area.” That sounds great! We sound like real pioneer ladies. It’s not a lie – but with every reason behind an action, there is often a deeper motivation leading one to do something that involves so much risk.

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Thought No. 11: Sunday by Jennifer Wisniewski

In life and in business, I learn as I go. Some skills come naturally – and others are lessons I've been taught. When thinking upon my “education” in this business, there are three men that come to mind. Each has been in my life for over 20 years and they embody the character traits it takes to thrive in the hospitality industry. The following story is an ode to them – well: an ode and a thank you.

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Thought No. 10: Sunday by Jennifer Wisniewski

Once upon a time, I used to model for a living. The modeling business and the restaurant business are similar in many ways. One similarity is that the fashion business fosters its own carnival of eccentrics, much like the world of hospitality. There is one lady, in particular, that taught me so many survival skills. Her name was Nena Ivon – and she was the fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue. Ms. Ivon also had rules:

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Thought No. 7: Sunday by Jennifer Wisniewski

f William Shakespeare owned a restaurant, I think he'd approve of me tweaking his soliloquy. I’m sure your workplace is volatile and stressful, just like mine. Now add to it this imaginary scenario: You have a well-stocked bar and a bartender at your desk. When something goes wrong – and your anxiety starts to build – that handsome bartender pops out and pours you your favorite cocktail.

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Thought No. 6: Sunday by Jennifer Wisniewski

Even if everyone thinks she’s now the vegan Cruella Deville, I think about her and wonder how she gets out of bed in the morning, after reading such things. Does she dress in a wig and big, black sunglasses to visit the grocery store? (Oh wait, no – we have Instacart for that now.) I know her two daughters and wonder how they are affected.

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