THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT, KINDNESS & LOVE LIKE NO OTHER
Dang. This is very painful to write.. timing is everything when it comes to change. We’ve made the decision to close Lola’s. This was our last weekend. It wasn’t an easy decision to make but necessary. There is only so much time in a day and with 3 businesses losing our Chef put us in the position where we had to choose. Our ice cream business, the ice cream truck, and US Water are all very busy right now and I just can’t be at the restaurant full-time to work or to invest in and train a new Chef. Plus I have selfish reasons (as pictured) my youngest son will be a senior and it will be our last year with him before he starts off on his own for college. We work the ice cream truck together during the summer and that, is very precious time to me. I will not miss events, school functions, and especially his football games (he plays varsity) to be at a restaurant managing the operations and covering shifts for staff absences – (that’s why I invested in training an executive chef early on) I loved the process of creating Lola’s, serving my National dishes, and especially serving our friends and neighbors. It seems abrupt, and it is – that’s the timing thing.. I had an opportunity to introduce my Lola’s staff to another well established and successful restaurant that was seeking immediate help – I had to choose to end it quickly for their sake and to help them find gainful employment immediately. Lola’s has been a very fulfilling project for me but being a restaurateur is a challenging endeavor and requires undivided attention and 100% availability by the owner in order to make it run as it should. Unfortunately the ugly truth about the restaurant business is high turnover in staff – it is a very transient workforce and very different employee mindset from my other businesses. An original Google executive spoke at a conference that I attended and spoke of the philosophy that Google uses with projects. The statement was very profound and has stuck with me and have chosen to adopt – rather than killing a project, morph it. Please stay tuned as I morph Lola’s into a summer extension of Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium –
Thank you for the support, the kindness and the love.