August 3rd, 2019
Well, after more than 10 wonderful years, it’s time for POP to come to an end.
Along with my mom, dad, and wife, we bought POP in 2014, built out our event space, and started running all of POP’s operations - from marketing to fixing appliances, we tried to do it all. I recently realized that my favorite part of running a restaurant isn’t managing employees and answering emails, it’s interacting with guests and making them happy. For the past week, I’ve been telling our regulars about our last day, and each time it’s met with disbelief, quickly followed by gratitude. That really makes it all worth it. Even though these past five years have been some of the most stressful of my life, I can rest easy knowing that I’ve brought so many positive memories to so many people. I’ve also met so many friends who started out as guests.
I’ve been asked what’s next for me. I’m going to take a couple months off, and enjoy being able to truly relax on a Saturday night and not be a slave to checking my phone all the time.
I will be keeping an eye out for a super small bar location, somewhere where it can just be me behind the bar, pouring Champagne and talking with people since that’s the part I really love. But this won’t be for some time since I’m going to try pursuing something entirely different for a while after POP. Anyway, I’m happy to say that over these past five years, I’ve had no regrets.
So let’s go out with a POP! I hope you can join me on August 3rd (or sometime before then) for our last day. I’m going to have a lot of Champagne that will need drinking.