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What’s the Smokin’ Fins concept and what’s your role?
1I’m one of the partners of Smokin’ Fins. I primarily stay here in Colorado, but I do travel to our other sites in Arizona and Idaho. We’re a regionalized concept. We specialize in seafood. We also have sushi and a grill for items such as burgers and steaks. We have local pork chops and also local Colorado bison at times. At lunch we allow our chefs to come up with creative new specials. On the weekends we also bring in specialized fresh seafood items.
How is business at the new Arvada location?
2We’re new to the community. But we’ve been looking in this area about 2 1/2 years. We opened in Arvada Monday, Nov. 6. So it’s still very new. But it’s been going real well. We broke an opening-day record here, which I attribute to the mayor’s office and the chamber. The city has embraced us. We did a big ribbon-cutting with the Arvada Chamber of Commerce on opening day. We also set an opening-week record for the company. This is store number seven, so I guess it’s turning out to be lucky seven.
How did you get into the restaurant business?
3I’ve been doing this a long time. My mother, years ago in Dallas, Texas, worked at a restaurant as an accountant. And I was that kid that would be running around the restaurant when I was real young, answering the phone and using a crayon to take reservations. So, I’ve been around it a long time.
What are your passions outside of work?
4A passion of mine is my family. I have three kids and a minivan. My wife and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. I’m excited that she kept me around that long. A passion of mine is also being involved with my church and the community. Before kids I played a lot of golf and after kids I don’t play as much.
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