Hey! Good travels and good eating to you all. David Greggory coming to you from Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the moment. Apart from the incredible sights around here, the food they cook in this country is to die for. I had a successful restaurant in Washington for years, but had I been able to serve meals like this, I would have opened a Thai restaurant as well and made a killing!
I lived in Forest Hills, a Washington suburb, not far from the Smithsonian Zoo and the American University. My restaurant was in the city and it did pretty well. I based my business on a few things like:
- Customer Service
- Quality, fresh produce – fruit, vegetables and meat
- Value for money
If you can get these four things right, in a restaurant business, word gets around and before you know it, you have a full house on the weekends and almost full on the other nights of the week.
Always understand what your customer wants and although I liked to change the menu about every two months, I knew from past orders that there were a couple of customer-favorite dishes I never changed!
So, after 4am starts and midnight finishes for 20 years, I decided to sell the restaurant and take a bit of time out for me. I have visited quite a few countries now, stayed out of the USA to get a fix on other cultures and dishes they serve, hopefully to get started again on something a little different back home.
Even if I don’t get around to opening another eatery, I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels, meeting new people and tasting all the different foods. You folks back home in the US, if you haven’t tried international cuisine, you need to get off your ass and wander around the globe a bit. Ok? Meanwhile, say hi at my facebook!