Asheville restaurants Cúrate and The Nightbell are owned by not one but two married couples: Liz and Ted Button; their daughter, Chef Katie Button; and her husband, Felix Meana. Each partner has expertise that complements the others’ and contributes to the success of the restaurants — but that doesn’t mean working with family is always easy. Here, Liz and Ted tell us how they met, the story behind their restaurants, and what it’s like to run a business with your spouse and daughter.
Bill and Giuliana Rancic have held plenty of titles over the course of their careers: entrepreneur, journalist, and reality star, to name a few. And impressively, they’ve done much of it together as a married couple. Three years ago they added restaurateur to their resumes with the opening of Chicago’s RPM Italian, which they started with Rich Melman’s acclaimed Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group. Last fall, the team opened a steakhouse, RPM Steak — and more restaurants are already in the works.
Here, Bill and and Giuliana tell us everything they’ve learned about the restaurant industry, including the ever-important lesson: white uniforms and tomato sauce don’t mix. Read on to hear why they love working as a team and their restaurant plans for the future.
Meet Tim and Erin Archuleta, the husband-and-wife team behind San Francisco’s ICHI Sushi & Ni Bar and the upcoming Japanese oyster bar, ICHI Kakiya. Over the course of their 10 years as a couple, they have run a catering business, a pop-up, an award-winning full-service restaurant with around 40 employees. But their secret to success is simple.
“The bottom line is that we’re really nice to each other,” says Erin. “It sounds general, but we really love each other.”
Here, we ask the duo all about building a business together, their very different work styles, and how they’re celebrating Valentine’s Day.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re talking to couples who live and work together in the restaurant industry to learn how they balance business with family. Gabe and Katherine Thompson are the Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef at Epicurean Management, which operates the New York City restaurants dell’anima, L’Artusi, and L’Apicio, along with wine wine bar Anfora and an events company. If that’s not enough to juggle, they are also parents to a son, Luke, and a daughter, Emily. Here, they share their story: love at first sight, a Per Se wedding, and how they became the yin and yang of their restaurants.
Gene Tang always knew he wanted to open a restaurant, and his wife, Paula, was along for the ride. The couple own and operate 1515 Restaurant in Denver, a fine-dining establishment that combines molecular gastronomy with classic American and European fare. Here, they tell us how they balance work and family with two daughters, six-day work weeks, and over 40 years of marriage.