Joe Peterson dreamed of opening a high-end restaurant. The start was
rough, but it led to breakthroughs at Joe's day
job as a manufacturing magnate.
Despite setbacks including a devastating lightning strike, Tony Huelster of Bonge's Tavern
has turned the middle-of-nowhere eatery into a dining hotspot.
After a sales slowdown during the recession forced him to close the high-end eatery L'explorateur, Neal Brown mulled
a move into Neopolitan-style pizza with friendlier price points. The result—Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub—is off
to a profitable start.
In IBJ's new video feature on front-burner business issues that vex restaurants, Regina Mehallick
of downtown's R bistro mulls the financial and personal demands of running a chef-owned eatery with a menu that changes