We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Rominger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joshua, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?

Life is full of challenges, and sometimes it is enticing to give in and accept defeat. It is important to remember that though we may not succeed every time we try at something, we are given in defeat an opportunity to learn, grow, and increase our chances of success in the future. To have discipline is to stand unwavering in the face of defeat and declare; “I will try again”.

I believe discipline is the most important of values because it is not always easy to embody integrity, honesty, and productivity. We are all well aware that some days there is no motivation to be found, and even daily tasks may seem daunting. It is a strong sense of discipline that allows us to carry on when we don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning.

I remind myself to remain disciplined by keeping a clear sight on my goals, remaining aware when I accomplish those goals, and constantly setting new goals for myself. I will be the first to admit that I don’t accomplish nearly all of the things that I try, but it is the victories that I have claimed that I think of when I’m feeling down on my luck. Most importantly, be kind to yourself!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was hired to work at Sazza two weeks after moving to Denver. I enjoy my job and always have. When I started, I worked as a delivery driver, the details of which are probably pretty self-explanatory. A few months in, I began working in the restaurant’s kitchen, preparing food and working the lines on the weekends. Around that same time, I began serving as well, which is also my favorite part of the job. I love interacting with the customers at Sazza and I feel as though I’ve become a common face in our little marketplace. The sense of community is heartwarming.

Nowadays I manage the restaurant full-time. In many ways, it has become an extension of my day-to-day routine; I care very much about the restaurant and its employees and I try to be handy whenever I am needed. Routinely, I manage the bulk of the inventory and supplies and cook or serve as required. I am very proud of my experience in this particular restaurant. I can truly say that I love my job.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For breakfast, I recommend Snooze. Their menu isn’t too cluttered, the quality and portion sizes of their food are perfect, and I think everyone can find something they like. Personally, I’m also a fan of the precautions they’ve implemented in response to the covid-19 pandemic. Their web app is so much easier to navigate than any other I’ve used at a restaurant here in Denver and their reservation system allows people to wait off-site right up until their seated! Making people feel safe when they’re dining is important and these guys are on top of it.

For lunch I’d of course have to recommend Sazza. My favorite part of our menu is the salads. There’s not a single one that I couldn’t sell, they’re all delicious, made particularly lovely by the fact that all of the dressings are made fresh in-house.

For those looking to try something new, I’d recommend Twisted Root, a tea bar serving kava. Kava is a root extract native to the south pacific islands, namely Fiji and Vanuatu. The plant itself is a distant relative of the pepper plant, and when consumed as a tea may be described as somewhat spicy, and very earthy. The tea has an analgesic effect that becomes almost immediately apparent as most people experience a slight numbing of the tongue upon consumption. From there, the effect of the tea is generally described as calming, relaxing, and enlightening. I can’t recommend it enough.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my girlfriend, co-worker, and bandmate, Asia. She is as hardworking, studious, and witty a person as I’ve ever met. Our partnership has allowed me to accomplish many of my goals while simultaneously being able to have my best friend by my side. Her insight is indispensable and I look forward to growing together every day.

Website: www.sazzarestaurant.com

Image Credits
Image credit – From the Hip Photo

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