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The restaurant business is something that you have to treat like a baby. You have to constantly be there. You can't trust it to anybody else, because no one's going to love it like you do.
When restaurants start to mature - and usually the five-year time is the time when the restaurant starts to settle in and have its own personality - your job is to grow it.
I avoid conflict - like, any conflict - at all costs. I hate it. Even at a restaurant, if I get the wrong order, I'll just eat it anyway because I don't want to make an issue.
Robin Lord Taylor
I learned more from the one restaurant that didn't work than from all the ones that were successes.
The lunch in a normal American restaurant is very problematic for me. I don't like to have hot food for lunch.
I wanted to disprove the notion that you couldn't open a great restaurant in a casino.
When I was growing up I always wanted to be a waitress. My sister opened a restaurant in Mississippi, and I went down there and was a waitress for a few days. Let me tell you, I got it out of my system.
You go to a restaurant in the States and kids have these game boards at the table. You don't see that in Italy or Spain. It's not because they can't afford to buy them, it's because that's not what eating together as a family is about.
There are advantages to being a star though - you can always get a table in a full restaurant.
I waited at the counter of a white restaurant for eleven years. When they finally integrated, they didn't have what I wanted.
The funny thing is people won't let me pay for things. I'll be in a restaurant and the manager will say, 'Oh no, it's on the house.'
It's kind of awkward to eat alone in a restaurant because everybody's looking at me.
Louis C. K.
One of the first jobs I ever had was opening clams in a seafood restaurant, so I'm pretty quick at it.
Food trucks give creative entrepreneurs the ability to cook with freedom and make what they love, meaning that they can create highly specialized meals without having the high overhead costs of running a restaurant.
I always worked in institutions, I never had a restaurant of my own before, but I have opened over 30 hotels, restaurants and casinos. I understand what it takes to keep them running.
I think every chef should have a food truck. It's a good way to test the markets, to invest in meeting the future restaurant goers.
Jose Andres Puerta
I opened my own restaurant when I was 17. I went broke, then traveled around the country, learning about different kinds of foods, had three other restaurants that went broke. It didn't all start just a few years ago!
A great restaurant doesn't distinguish itself by how few mistakes it makes but by how well they handle those mistakes.
I worked with Ismail Merchant on 'The Mystic Masseur,' I did 'Sakina's Restaurant,' I've done plays, I've been on Broadway, I've done movies, I've done TV... but nothing has had the pop culture penetrative impact as 'The Daily Show' has. It's the nature of the beast.
What's interesting is to be sexy but not know it. You'll be in a restaurant, and some girls will walk in and you can tell that they really want to be sexy. It's written on their faces because that's all they want to show. There's a fear that one might not look further.
Before I had my own restaurant, I was never top dog in the kitchen. I've always had a low opinion of myself as a cook.
The livelihood of the restaurant is dependent upon getting the word out.
I've never bribed my way into a restaurant. I've never slipped a C-note or greased a palm. In truth, I've never even considered it. I've assumed, of course, that people do such things.
As a child, I didn't see my dad that much because he was always working at the restaurant. He became pretty jaded after working at the restaurant for so long.
I hate to say 'chain restaurant,' but we're sort of a corporation now. How do we defy that concept, where people assume each restaurant can't be good?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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