We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Pack and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Upon meeting, Myles and I have always wanted to open restaurant concepts together. We would spend our days off sketching potential kitchens and talking about concepts over a glass of beer or wine.
As our background is almost exclusively fine-dining, we gave most of our attention to designing and dreaming of a beautiful tasting menu experience, but we also gave thought to a communal upscale casual concept as well as a butcher shop. Myles called our butcher shop “the center of the Death Star” as the shop would symbiotically connect the other concepts together; the butcher shop would provide specific cuts to the restaurants and in return, the restaurant would send back trim to be turned into meals or stock so there would be no waste. I had complete business plans written while we were still living in New York.
When the pandemic hit, a myriad of reasons nudged us off the cliff to start out on our own. Our unnamed butcher shop took center stage as a way to reintroduce Myles to Atlanta, its food scene, and more importantly all of the products and farms Georgia has to offer. We were interested in coming back to work with family, meeting farmers, artisans, and bakers face to face. I love the sense of community and the truest sense of home Kinship has brought us. Kinship has been so incredibly inspiring… which has made the exhaustion of opening a business much easier to handle.
Kinship will eventually morph into the link connecting our projects together, but for now, it is growing and working in its own right to stand on its own.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up an athlete so I think the structure that I had growing up playing sports has been the biggest influencer in my professional career. Because of athletics, I am confident, I have an insane work ethic, and I am highly competitive. Also, the support of my family, coaches, and teammates made me a grateful person and aware of what it takes to make a situation or experience succeed.
In contrast, Myles came from a very artistic family and background. The way Myles is able to imagine and create – not only in food but in problem-solving, in general, has been pivotal to our success. He is similarly – if not more– competitive but our traits complement each other. We are a partnership and we trust each other’s expertise, palette, and judgment. It’s not easy to work with your significant other, but we are excellent (most of the time) at separating the personal and professional realms when we need to.
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.
For an ideal day: we would, of course, begin at HomeGrown. It is where Myles took me when I first visited Atlanta and I will forever be hooked – I’d gladly bathe in the sausage gravy. We would enjoy some diner coffee and a Comfy Chicken Biscuit or Donny’s Breakfast then head outside for a nice walk on the beltline to earn some room for the next meal. I love to show people the artwork around Krog Street, especially. A stroll through our Virginia Highlands neighborhood is also warranted. There are so many new shops and businesses to wander through and then perhaps we would sit outside at Mo’s and Joe’s for a quick beer before heading home.
For dinner, we would go to Talat Market in Summerhill and order one of everything from the menu with plenty of rice to accompany. Next, we would head for Ticonderoga Club for cocktails… though, I am pretty sure we would have to order the mussels with a glass of manzanilla sherry even if we weren’t hungry.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Kinship is about family and community and we could not have done it without ours!
The Moody family and all their artistic expertise have been invaluable. My family is incredibly supportive and wonderful from afar, but the Moody family has been on the ground helping to design and build. Michelle Moody is an architectural designer and Randall Moody is a ceramic artist and all-around expert builder. Myles’ brother, Connan Moody, owns Academy Coffee which resides within Kinship so we get to work alongside each other every day. Connan is brilliant at what he does and it is awesome to see the Moody boys in action together.
Great friends and siblings have also flown in from around the country to help paint, organize, and provide meaningful support. We are so thankful to have the most amazing people in our corner.
Atlanta Coffeeshops – firstname.lastname@example.org / Instagram: @atlantacoffeeshops (all store shots) Heidi Geldhauser (Rachael and Myles Photo)