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Restaurant Broker & Mom Asks: Kids Meal- Who’s Choice Is It Really?

Posted by Emily Yessick on Dec 19, 2013 4:14:00 PM

When Healthful Kids Meals hit Number 4 on the National Restaurant Association “What’s Hot” list for 2014 it really got me thinking about how people, restaurant brokers included, make eating choices for their kids.  This restaurant broker grew up eating healthy, well-balanced, home cooked meals.  My mother managed to work, take care of our family and never open a box or a can for dinner.  We ate what was in season for fruits and veggies, whole grain brown rice; we even had the milkman come deliver fresh milk from the farm to our doorstep.  I can remember my mom in the summer making homemade, from scratch blackberry cobbler with blackberries we handpicked just for the pie; add some real vanilla ice cream and it doesn’t get much better!  For our family, eating fast food was a special treat, not a way of life.  Now that I have a family of my own, and life is hectic, it is up to me to use what my parents taught me about eating food that’s good for you, and pass it along. 

This past year, I ca100DaysRealFoodLogo resized 600me across a woman’s blog called about her journey getting her family to make good natural food choices.  It inspired me to get back to the way I enjoy eating and create a healthier foundation for my family.  However, needless to say it was hard and as much as I hate to admit it, I failed.  Being a mother of a seven year old, its natural that in order to get a full time job, housework and all of our crazy schedules crammed into the 16 or so useable hours of the day, we tend to eat out a lot.  So when it came time to try and eat a more natural lifestyle, it was a big change that I wasn’t quite ready to make.  Maybe it wasn’t about being ready; maybe it was about not making time to change.  Cooking at home takes planning, preparation, determination and some experimenting to find what works and most importantly what doesn’t work!  

 In the last month my family has unfortunately eaten out more than ever.  Being on the road, means eating at more fast food restaurants than traditional sit-down restaurants.  Fast food restaurants have made some changes on their menus to add healthier choices such as grilled chicken, apple slices, bottled water, low-fat milk and 100% juice choices, etc.  But the next step is getting the kids (or parents) to make these choices.  In my opinion, that’s the hard part.  Part of the attraction for the kids is the toy with their meal- some of the healthier restaurants don’t offer a toy with a kids meal or it’s a less attractive toy.  Why would a youngster choose apples over fries?  Or eat grilled chicken over a cheeseburger?  Especially when there’s no toy.  Making healthy choices start at home.  When the kids see the parents making good food choices, both at home and out to eat, the kids are going to follow suit.  My seven-year-old won’t trade his burger for a grilled chicken sandwich, but I rest easy knowing he will eat foods like salmon and spinach other times.      

This next year is going to be about starting my family down a healthier food journey, hopefully with some success this time.  The other top items on the “What’s Hot” list, Locally Sourced Meat and Seafood, and Locally Grown Produce are two items I plan to incorporate to our meals as well.  If I can build a healthy foundation when it comes to food, a cheeseburger, French fries and a milkshake from time to time isn’t so bad. 

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Engineer Turns Restaurant Broker - Need help Buying a Restaurant?

Posted by Emily Yessick on Mar 11, 2013 2:44:00 PM

Restuarant Broker Emily YessickWhat business does an engineer have becoming a restaurant broker?  Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, I held my Civil Engineering degree in my hand and thought happily to myself, I can’t wait to start my career as an engineer! 

Then reality set in.  Sitting behind a desk churning out computerized drawings 40 hours a week for 52 weeks can sometimes be less than creative.  Developers seek engineers out for their expertise and help putting their field of dreams on paper so they can build it and people will come.  After several years of drawings and millions of keystrokes and mouse clicks, I craved more than dreams on paper.  I needed interaction!  Being in a cubicle most of the day with multiple trips to the coffee machine in hopes I passed a coworker or two was wearing me down.  Not to mention the economy was on the downhill slide and work was becoming scarce. 

My love for people and desire to watch others build their dream led me to some soul searching and asking myself some questions-ironically while sitting in a coffee shop.  How can I take what I know and love and go one step further?  When meeting up with old friends, where do most people gather? A restaurant. Countless numbers of dinner reservations are made every night or a need for convenience leads to 15 min delivery windows for date night “in”. Where do thousands of sports fans gather every Saturday or Sunday to watch the big game? To a favorite sports bar.  How many people go out at night in search for the best dance club or hangout?  Just about every college age person and young professional in Atlanta.  Our lives are centered around the food and beverage industry from love at first site at the local coffee shop, business meetings over lunch, first date dinners and engagements during dessert-we will never escape our love for food.  Inevitably this leads many people to make the statement,  “I have always wanted to own a [insert food and beverage establishment of choice]!” 

For me the decision was simple, helping others find their dream in buying a restaurant would lend the best of both worlds.  The next step was figuring out where this new path would lead me.  First stop- Real Estate School!  Real estate school was far from a walk in the park.  I was overwhelmed with definitions and terminology I had never heard before.  I was studying every night and reading day after day and wondering why am I doing this to myself?  The reminders of why kept coming back and pushing me forward.  Finally several months later, I passed the exam!

Whew what a relief!  Now what?  Then it came time to find my broker.  What I thought would be a long difficult process turned out to be the easiest of all!  After getting a lead from a friend, I started researching restaurant brokers which led me to We Sell Restaurants.  To no surprise they sell restaurants and lots of them.  I found myself reading the blogs and developing a sense of where I wanted to hang my license.  Finally I called and scheduled an interview with Robin and Eric Gagnon at We Sell Restaurants.  Not only were they extremely professional but also it was clear this husband and wife restaurant broker team know this industry like the back of their hand.  I know I am in good hands and cannot wait to fulfill the many dreams to own a restaurant.  I would tell anyone interested in buying or selling a restaurant, check out We Sell Restaurants.  You will not be disappointed!

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