We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dana, how do you think about risk?
well I went to school for engineer computers in Mexico and move to the states, start as a dishwasher, feel in love with food and work hard to created a restaurant. now im owner and partner of 3. the biggest risk is that nothing is guaranteed in life we learn in this pandemic that all the work from 22 years can be gano in 6 months, and the stress of caring on your shoulder some many lives, as you employees and their families, the community, your own family, society, economy, I mean the risk is absolute huge, but is a challenge to shift this and make shit work and always make it happen. very risky and entertaining .
What should our readers know about your business?
the most important to me in any business is not to stop learning , to remain, humble and always appreciated and give back. that been said the restaurant industry is the greatest platform for that. reality is that restaurant don’t make a lot money, they make cents on dollars, BUT is the great place to make people happy and conformable, and also who can resisted to donate to charity event if restaurants make the best food and drinks? right ….. thats what is so beautiful about, we don’t have all the money to help all the charities we want but we have companies who donated food and drink to us, we donate our time and create event and entertain people and that people donate the money to help other.if you used you professional career for the best purpose you doing the best job, you be happy to, and you will leave a legacy of you r life. we have challenges every day in this industry but thats what make us special. we always find the ways.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
well firs to my restaurants, Work and class, super mega bien , Rioja, then taverna, mercantile, and my favorite Lau wang noddle house best potstickers. Run for the roses bar, , check different parks and neighborhoods, distilleries. hike Isabelle lake , motorcycle ride, one of my classes on fit 36, so they know im trying to be healthy haha. mins foot massage, and grill at out house back yard. tasting of my brand of mescal and tequila, walk to our neighborhood farms, and cook snacks together
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
first. my family ” parents and 3 daughter and my uncle “for all the sacrifices and all the time that I miss in their lives for working a lot. my business partners, Tabatha and Tony, and my very first partners and mentors. Beth Gruitch and Jennifer Jasinski. my love partner for all the help and support, Adam Smith. but most important my team at the restaurants, we be nothing with our my dishwashers, preps, cooks, chefs. they do all the hard work to keep up our passion, consistently and they are my gasoline to keep going and even in difficult tie never give up. our colorado community, our regulars and neighborhood people and the press who they help the business with amazing stories and recognition. of course my mother in heaven for watch for me all the time and always encouraged me to be a good human and never stop finding the best way in this life.