This spring, Chef Kim Alter will open two new restaurants under the Daniel Patterson Group after years of cooking in restaurants within the group, including Plum and Haven. Soft and organic, Nightbird will showcase her cuisine and give her room to evolve as a cook; the connecting Linden Room will be a seven-seat bar with craft cocktails, vintage finds, and art deco decor.
Kim secured the leases to the spaces in January 2015 and has spent the past year juggling ongoing construction challenges; building a team; fundraising; and generally facing unexpected curveballs at every step of the process. Because her story is so relevant to the themes in our How to Open a Restaurant guide, we asked Kim to share key lessons and takeaways from her experience. Here are four tips new restaurateurs can learn from her story.