Celebrating the Women Entrepreneurs of Mission Farms - Meet Megan, Owner of Rye
Written by: Brooke
Mission Farms has such a variety of shopping, residential and FOOD -- and that's one topic I never get tired of talking about! I love trying new places and new food. Kansas City has so many great restaurants. I remember trying both Bluestem and Rye for the first time. Both very different but both VERY good! Rye is one of Jenny's favorite date night spots, she's obsessed with the chicken. Meet, Megan Garrelts, she is the owner of Bluestem & Rye Restaurants. She knew at a very young age this was what she was going to do. She's always had a love for food and grew up in the restaurant business.
Enjoy a fun Q&A with Megan below!!
Q. How did you get into this industry?
A. I've loved restaurants from a young age. My uncle managed several in Dallas. When I was little, I got to explore them and soon fell in love with the industry. From the age of 15, I've just always been in the kitchen.
Q. What is the most challenging part about owning your own business?
A. Dealing with the administrative stuff that takes me away from the creative stuff -- taxes, paperwork, lots of paperwork, insurance, legal stuff, etc. Also the customer reviews take a toll on chefs and restaurants at times. We try not to take it personally, but honestly when you put your heart out on a plate and in your establishment its hard not to get down about negative feedback when it comes our way.
Q. What is your favorite part about running your own business?
A. That every part from the food, the decor, staff culture, etc. is all a combination of our dream and ideas. Seeing something work every day that was once on paper is truly a wonderful feeling.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you can give young adults?
A. Do what you love
Q. What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
A. "Stop being in the restaurant business and be in the business of restaurants"
Q. What is your favorite quote that keeps you motivated?
A. "Just dive in"
Q. Where do you look to find inspiration for your business ideas?
A. Our business partners and mentors, Jeff & Joy Stehney, a husband/wife team who are the proprietors of Joe’s KC BBQ. They help us on the business side to continue to grow. Creatively, we love to travel to see new things and always to eat - other chefs and restaurants motivate us and encourage us to re-think what we are doing all the time!
Q. What do you think makes your company stand out?
A. We embrace the heart and soul of Midwest cooking -- something that a local chef team has not done before in Kansas City. We strive for consistency with our brand and to make our establishment a joy to eat at and to work at.