A few weeks ago, I had lunch with a friend at a local Chinese buffet. At the end of our meal the waitress dropped off a couple fortune cookies. I cracked open my cookie and the fortune inside read: “Most success springs from an obstacle or failure.” Inevitably, everybody encounters disappointment or failure at one time or another. But some of the most successful people are those who followed their dream, took a risk, and initially failed, only to overcome adversity and go on to achieve great accomplishments.
My family moved to Bryant when I was four years old, and Reynolds Road offered only three dining choices. Today, we have almost every restaurant chain and ethnic food establishment represented in our county. Add to that the many one-of-a-kind restaurants available to us locally, and you will see why we devoted this issue to our fourth installment of “Saline Cuisine!”
While Saline County has many excellent chain restaurants, we wanted to highlight some of the distinctive, privately-owned eating places in our area. The dictionary defines entrepreneur as “one who owns, launches, manages and assumes the risks of an economic venture.” The restaurant owners highlighted in this issue can truly be defined as entrepreneurs. They continue to bring us unique cuisine that can be found only in our neighborhood. These selected restaurants range from long-standing favorites to fresh new arrivals.
Our community has certainly found success when it comes to providing great spots to grub, and it is in large part due to individuals who have turned their passion into businesses. Because of their willingness to pursue their vision, the “foodie” in us all can enjoy the fruits of their labor. From savory to sweet and everything in between, each has its own distinctive qualities that make it special. Their stories will not only inspire your entrepreneurial spirit, but also excite your appetite. Your town. Your life. Your magazine.