With Easter and Passover this month, many of us have enjoyed family celebrations along with some very good meals. Perhaps that’s why I watched Spinning Plates, a documentary about three restaurants and the families behind them.
I found the story about Breitbach’s Country Dining restaurant in Iowa particularly interesting. Mike and Cindy Breitbach run Breitbach’s, Iowa’s oldest food and drinking establishment. For the residents of Balltown, Iowa, Breitbach’s is-and always has been-the gathering place. As Cindy puts it, Breitbach’s is a true community center.
Breitbach’s is now in its sixth generation of family ownership. Mike Breitbach, the current owner, is committed to sustaining his family’s legacy. Along with his wife Cindy and their daughter and son, Mike runs a restaurant which offers home-style food that brings people together… so much so that when Breitbach’s was leveled by fire-twice -the entire community donated their skills, talents, and time to help. By helping Breitbach’s, they rebuilt their own community as well.
You may not realize how important your family business is to your community. Of course, a good restaurant usually draws in more people than a factory or a farm. But no matter what products or services your business offers, it’s having an impact, creating a community among the people who work there, supporting their families, and strengthening the economy of your town, city, and region.
If you watch “Spinning Plates”, you’ll realize that Breitbach’s is popular not only because of its fried chicken, fruit pies, and unique history in Iowa. The stories Mike, Cindy, and their family tell reveal their true “secret sauce”: A family that works well together, creating a spirit of caring and connection that brings people in to share much more than a meal.
Think about your family’s business and what it’s known for in your community. You can represent the best of what your family has to offer, within and outside the company walls. And that may just have an impact on who walks in your door.