I must apologize for this lengthy delay in me posting articles regarding how I am doing in the industry, but there is a very good reason for this, and it’s a big step in both my career as well as my life.
Being very passionate about the hospitality industry, it sometimes takes a toll on you when your only focus is just your career, and it goes along the lines of: work, work, work!
There comes a time in your life when you say enough is enough, and when I mean enough, I mean enough of working; get both a career and a life.
For those that don’t have much or any of a social life, apart from your work place, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about.
So back in November 2013, I took the opportunity to make a change for myself, and for my other (and better) half. I wanted to be together as well as find work in Bangkok. But not being a Thai citizen yet (that’s because I’m half-French and half-German, though my mother is Thai), it makes it difficult to find jobs in the capital with companies that will hire expatriates. And not to mention that in January 2014 the entire country underwent a sort-of revolution… I guess you have to tell yourself: expect the unexpected.
Anyways, this wasn’t going to put me off. In the past I chose a path that maybe not many others would have taken: go and work in Syria when you don’t speak a word of Arabic; leave a great hotel chain when you believe that things aren’t going as well as they were before; work in a wonderful team where the boss doesn’t appreciate you and feels that you need to leave within the probation period…
Certain moments in the last few years have been tough, but now in March 2014, I seem to see the light at the end of a period that has been a bit of a struggle.
After all of the great experiences in the rooms divisions part of a hotel, it is now time to take a complete leap of faith: with my entrepreneurial skills from Les Roches Bluche, I am going to open a restaurant in Bangkok.
It took Michaela (my fiancée) and me a while to find a great place to open a restaurant. After seeking several locations, and dealing with individuals that have completely no idea how to handle and converse with people who want to do business, we have found a home with 5 bedrooms, a pool and a garden in the heart of Bangkok.
As many former restaurant and business owners have told me, the most three important things are: location, location and location. And who wouldn’t want to come to a restaurant, park their car, and enjoy the peaceful tranquility of a garden away from the bustling streets of Bangkok?
Of course, there are many things that need to be done in order for us to convert the home into a restaurant. But as our focus is essentially on the restaurant, we are determined to turn it into a homely-like restaurant.
We want to make it feel like your second home, a place where you can come and relax, sip a coffee, have a bite to eat and still feel the comfort of your living or dining room.
As we got the keys of the house on March 1st, our passion, dedication, time, effort, frustration and love is going towards our restaurant, our home, and most of all: our goal to succeed and be happy in life.
But in a way, I must say that Les Roches as well as my own experience in hotels has prepared me well to have both the confidence and the knowledge of planning, forecasting, opening and running a business. All those school projects (whether we liked them or not) did make plenty of sense, as were as close as to what the real world is about.
Hopefully I’ll be able to write to you in the near future with more news on the Restaurant and its progress.
In the mean time, here is what the house looks like before we’re up and running:
Please follow our progress as well as ‘like’ us at: http://www.facebook.com/melangeresto