Let’s not be reasonable…


I cut out a quote years ago from Gourmet magazine written by Ruth Reichl that is taped to my computer in my office. It reads:

“Moderation in all things is a mantra we’ve been hearing a lot about of late. It is healthy. It is sane. It is morally correct. It is also very boring. I much prefer people with passions. There is nothing more exciting than watching someone fall so deeply in love – with a food, an object, a way of life – that they throw caution to the wind and follow their heart.”

So true. I do not find myself just leaving well-enough alone; if it’s not broke,don’t fix it – this I reject. My husband Robert and I have opened and closed (or sold) many restaurants over the years; New City Cafe, Krause Dining (a few times, it’s a long story), The Burger Stand at Dempsey’s, The Burger Stand at College Hill, The Burger Stand at the Casbah, and Esquina. Maybe this reveals an attention deficit problem, but I prefer to think of it as a pursuit of passions. Our work life together has changed so many times it is dizzying. A lot has changed professionally for us over the years we have been married (14 years today!) but room to throw caution to the wind and go in a different direction professionally has provided the most exciting ride I can think of.

This is all to lead in to the fact that we are going to do something different at our restaurant Esquina. We will change the emphasis of the cuisine to Mediterranean with a dose of Spain; elevate the service experience to full table service; alter the interior to make these changes aesthetically pleasing. Our last day of service of the current Esquina is Friday Feb. 10th, we will reopen to the public on Sunday Feb. 19th.

This is exciting stuff for me. We are essentially opening a new restaurant, one in which is going to serve delicious food in a cool environment. It is not a decision that was driven by a sense a moderation, however. No, this is throwing caution to the wind for a restaurant adventure. Will my schedule change and become unpredictable? Likely. Do I know how regular life will happen during this busy time – rides to gymnastics classes, vacuuming the floor, exercising? Not really.

And while experience tells me there will be some bumps along the way, this time I am not bracing myself for them. This time I smile at the future, hoping that I am showing our daughters to not be afraid to take on new challenges. I don’t want them to settle for the healthy, sane or correct at the expense of following their heart. Could that lifestyle cause some bumps along the way? Probably, but at least it won’t be boring.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Meryl says:

    While Esquina is one of my favorites, can’t wait to see what you guys do next!

  2. Chris says:

    This sounds fantastic! I cannot wait.

  3. rob says:

    Best of luck on the new venture. More importantly, Happy Anniversary with best wishes for many many more.

  4. gil says:

    We are really glad to hear it. We loved Krause and didn’t find outselves as much at Esquina. We are sure we’d love the new cousine.

  5. Tom King says:

    Happy Anniversary you two. Looking forward to the new Esquina.

  6. kd0r says:

    Happy Anniversary! Looking forward to trying the new variation on the place.

    Per a conversation with Robert, out in the patio, on a cool day, shortly after you opened, I hope you carefully consider the acoustics. Though I like the food there now, I tend to avoid it because I can’t hold a conversation with my table mates.


  7. runrickrun says:

    Robert and Molly – looking forward to the new concept. When I am back in Kansas, I will grab Jane and Steve and come over for a great evening I am sure.

    On another note – have the two of you picked up the Modernist Cuisine set yet? OMG. Epic!

  8. Tom says:

    I’m excited – keep us posted and we’ll be there sometime this year. My best to the Robert and the girls!!

  9. JoAnn says:

    From one “Roman Candle” to another…

    We call it “Quantum Leaping” around our house… Married for 28 fun-filled years, me and the hubby have also worked together, laughed together and shared life together, fabulously.

    Ive just discovered your blog and Krause Dining via “Check Please KC!” and Im sad that I missed your dining experience! But I do love that you too understand the richness that results from the experiences of risks taken-.

    That is how we also live our life. My favorite quote; also similar to the one you have posted is from Jack Kerouac”s Life on the Road:

    “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
    ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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