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20 South St, Milford, NH 03055
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In late 2018 I somehow became a business owner. I opened a restaurant!! I blinked and it happened. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at my kitchen table as my husband devoured his second bowl of my home made seafood chowder. “You really need to do something with this. It’s wicked good”, he said with an attempt at a Boston accent. This wasn’t the first time this non New Englander had said that exact same thing. I am not quite sure why this time it motivated me to actually take his advice. The very next day I was designing a logo with a local artist. I booked space at a local fair, designed a website, found a fisherman from Gloucester, MA, ordered spoons and cups and bowls and pots and of course…oyster crackers!! The fair was a huge success so I worked with a realtor and found a place to cook. Volia! I owned a restaurant!
I woke up in the middle of the night a week later and wondered what the heck I was doing and how I was going to do it. I researched like crazy, made phone calls, took an online food safety course, trademarked my name/brand, perfected my recipe, comp shopped food/ingredient prices and started my restaurant remodel. Wickedpissahchowdah was happening.
I learned that there are specific ways to store food in the fridge, certain temperatures set for reheating purposes and that shelves need to be six inches off the floor. I learned to love flea markets and local online yard sales. I also learned what a grease trap is and how extremely difficult it is to find anyone to come clean it out!
I believe that you can do anything that you set your mind to if you are willing to do the work. The first few months were filled with very long days, endless nights, extremely sore muscles, no gym time, lots of take out meals, piles of dirty laundry, endless phone calls, broken fingernails, paint on most of my clothes, meetings after meetings and pure exhaustion. But in October 2018, I opened my restaurant in Milford, NH.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I am currently cancer free, it was a tough rode back to healthy and I will probably always have some physical limitations. But I refuse to let that prevent me from trying new things. I am the mom of four and have nine grandchildren. I am a photographer, love to travel and I write children’s books. But owning a restaurant? I am still pinching myself and wonder how it happened. We opened for season two in October 2019 and now have twenty five soups and chowdahs. We have very loyal customers and were chosen as WMUR’s viewer’s choice for 2019!!
While I believe that formal education is very important, I am not a culinary or business ed graduate. What I lack in the degree department, I excel in the life experience category. The resources, materials, and information is out there for anyone willing to look for it. Do you have a dream but don’t think you have the education or experience? Take a chance. I am not a chef. I am not rich. I am curious, confident, ambitious , determined and I am just winging it.