Owner of BRG Restaurant Group, JR Anderson, tells us about his background in restaurant management, his favorite past travels, and what inspires him in his career. Enjoy!
How did you get into the restaurant business?
My Dad has been in the restaurant development and site location business for the past 45 years. So from a very early age we visited new concepts and of course spent a long time in restaurants sampling food and trying to understand the operations of these new concepts. My Dad was the first real estate director for Chi-Chi's restaurants in the early 1980's and owned and operated multiple units. My brother and I would sit and watch my Dad meet with the various managers and discuss operations, and it was there that the restaurant industry fascinated me.
Tell us about a favorite trip you took.
I have been lucky...
“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of exploration, of discovering new places. Stories from the road, of new people met and new dishes tasted, never fail to inspire us. That’s why we asked our BRG Team to tell us about their favorite recent travel experience. Here are some of our favorite submissions. ¡Bon appetit!
Jake Begor, our Piñon Grill Bartender, recently traveled to Breckenridge, where his favorite food spot on the trip was “this really cool little Irish pub in the heart of the downtown mountainside village.” And as for his fave experience?...
Happy New Year! To celebrate new adventures for 2018, we’re recapping Piñon Grill Bartender Patricia’s recent trip to Denver, Colorado. Take a peek and see if you’re not suddenly salivating to hop a plane and explore the Rocky Mountains for yourself!
Where did you go?
My last trip was to Colorado. I spent time in Denver, saw the Royal Gorge Bridge, hiked in Evergreen, and explored a little bit of Boulder. It was honestly the most beautiful place I have ever been and I can't wait to go back. As we drove through the canyons the beauty of everything around me was so overwhelming it brought tears to my eyes.
What was your favorite food spot on the trip?
Mexican food is one of my favorite things to eat so my friend took me to a place called Pinche Tacos (I realize that's a...
“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
What is it about sunsets? Is it the colors, the feeling in the air, the sense of accomplishment from a long day’s work? Or could it be the impending promise of evening and all its attendant pleasures: dinner, drinks, coziness with loved ones before bed?
Whatever the reason, sunsets inspire us and get out creative juices flowing. That’s why we asked our BRG Team to tell us about their favorite sunset experience. Enjoy!
What as been your favorite sunset?
“Oia, Santorini in July.” -Andres Ocampo
“I am an East coast guy. I love sunrises” -Peter Campise
“Late fall over looking the mouth of the Tred...