My curly blonde hair turned grey with a lot
less hair thanks to the rigours of the restaurant business.
CELEBRATING THE FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY!
Timeline of a restaurant entrepreneur
My memory may be a little off on dates.
1960 - I took an early interest in food.
(That's my mom. She baked desserts
for my restaurant and did the books.)
1964 - Making waffles from scratch @ 11 years old
1969 - Brewing homemade beer
1970 - Making wine from Welch's grape juice
1972 - Food Technology Program (one year)
1973 - Pot Washer @ Jasper Park Lodge
1977 - Beans & Barley 124 Street
(Part-time waiter to get extra $
to travel around the world)
1978 - Beans & Barley 124 Street
I return as a cook, then become manager.
1979 - I decide to open my own restaurant
and approach family for financing.
1980 - Beans & Barley Old Strathcona... under construction
1980 - Construction shuts down for a month or so
due to financing problems.
1981 - Beans & Barley Old Strathcona OPENS
1982 - A couple of B&Es
1983 - Hit by an arsonist
Shut down for a couple of months
I take a lie detector test
to speed up the insurance claim.
1983 - The Upstairs bistro opens
on the 2nd floor.
1983 - The idea for Duck Soup
is first mentioned.
1984 - The Upstairs bistro is sold.
1984 - Bank takes the restaurant!
Recession plus 23% interest rate doesn't help
1984 - Room Service Mgr - Westin Hotel
(for one week)
1984 - Late Night Pizza Joint Mgr
1985 - Bartending (3 jobs at once)
I need flexibility to plan next venture.
1985 - Famous Paris Crepes -
our foray into fast-food
1987 - Food court wars take its toll
1987 - Fall back on bartending
1987 - I return to The Beans as night manager.
1988 - High School Business Mgr
Cafeteria is part of my portfolio
1988 - Catering part-time for years to come
1989 - We concentrate work on Duck Soup...so many versions
1997 - High School Cafeteria Contractor
2011 - Duck Soup...
The Restaurant Game
goes on sale finally!
2013 - Pitch game on Canada's Shark Tank -
"Dragons' Den" (no deal)
2016 - Work on online game using crowdfunding
2017 - Online game goes live...