"I would get cocktails before dinner at Sidecar. That's another family owned business and they're very into the craft cocktail scene. They're very creative, they give great service and their staff is amazing."
"I got a job at Sidecar about 5 years ago, just to pay bills while I was getting ready to go to the police academy. One of our regulars took me out to dinner one night and said, 'Look, no offense to the cop thing, but this is what you should be doing, making cocktails. We'd be willing to back you.'
That put the wheels in motion and I started calling family and friends and scraped a bunch of money together to buy Sidecar.
I just love all this. Cocktails are an American invention. It's one of our only truly American inventions that we can claim, and I think it revolves around that early American spirit of just going after it, mixing it up, stirring the pot, you know?
America is always described as a melting pot, and that's exactly what a cocktail glass is.
It's a place where you can put a bunch of random stuff that seemingly might not go together and every once in a while you come up with an amazing cocktail. There's no end to the possibilities. If it grows in the world, if the flavor is out there, you can play with it, and that's just exciting to me. It's fun."
My Advice for Others
"If you're coming into an industry, put yourself in a position where you can continue to be passionate about that industry and surround yourself with people who are going to be able to guide you on all the things you don't know.
I was a kickass bartender, but I didn't know my ass from my elbow when it came to business, and we've learned some crazy hard lessons as a result of straight-up ignorance on my part.
Just because you're really good at something doesn't mean you're going to be really good at the business side, so find someone on the other side of the aisle who you can team up with and allow that person to have an influence on you."