According to the National Restaurant Association, there are 970,000 restaurants in America. Further research indicates that the three-year failure rate for restaurants hovers around 60 percent. So just what is it that makes some restaurants fold, while others turn into gold? For two successful Washington D.C.-based restaurants, the answer to their success starts with family.
“When a team comes together that is made up of family, it creates a strong bond, with everyone after the same goal,” says Ben Kirane, co-owner of the Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge and Thunder Burger & Bar. “But there are still things that family members need to focus on, in order to make the restaurant, or any type of business, a success.”