We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandy White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I grew up working in restaurants most of my life. Both my grandfather and my parents owned their own restaurants when I was really young and I later managed a restaurant through high school and college. After seeing how rewarding it can be to build a business and nurture its growth and outreach, I fell in love with the idea of doing something on my own.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I grew up in my family’s restaurants working and hanging out when I was young. My grandfather left my parents his place after he passed and I helped out once I was old enough to see over the counter. I loved talking with the customers and refilling their coffee and also eating all day. During high school and college I managed at a popular fast food restaurant and worked there until I obtained my degree. I landed a job at a gaming company as a graphic designer and I worked as a part of their marketing team. I loved my job and really enjoyed creating and helping build the brand. I worked with the social media team, website team and I helped with their printing work for package design as well as event graphics. As much as I loved what I did, I felt something was missing. I had a desire to own my own business one day, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. About two years into working there, I had the opportunity of a life time land in my lap. My step-grandmother was looking to sell her restaurant. I was saddened to find out she had someone lined up. Not more than a week went by and the person backed out of the deal. I called and asked if she would be interested in selling it to me. I didn’t have anything figured out but I knew this is what I wanted to do. She said, “of course”!! I finally found my place. It wasn’t an easy task diving head first into all of this but I had barely a month to get everything in order and I just jumped. It was the best decision. There are challenges with staffing, food sourcing and all of the unknowns that come with the pandemic, but we have made it four and a half years and are still as strong as ever. I re-branded and I made the restaurant my own. I have poured my heart and soul into this business and it is recognized. People see me do everything in the restaurant from making biscuits, working the grill to being cashier to the handy woman. I’ve learned to work harder than my hardest worker. To KNOW my business inside and out.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, we’d hit up my restaurant for breakfast. I’d take them to my favorite sushi spot at Krog Street Market, Makimono and then hit up Jenni’s Ice Cream around the corner. I love walking the belt line, so that’s a must! Stop by Ponce City Market and hit up The Roof. A float down the Chattahoochee is a good way to cool off during the summer! Hitting up The Vortex after to fuel up on some tots and the amazing black and blue burger! One of the coolest little spots is The Painted Duck!! It’s such a cool vibe and it’s a great place to hang with some friends! Braves game is a must!! Hit up Smith’s Olde Bar and grab a drink and listen to some music!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank our amazing customers and community, some of which are now like family. We have had an outpour of support over the last four and a half years and seeing how they truly care about not only the business but our team and my family, is the greatest feeling.
Walt Steve Edwards