At TS Bank we believe that a community is only as strong as its local businesses. This is why we have made it one of our top priorities to spotlight local businesses in Southwest, Iowa, as part of our Eat, Shop, Bank Local blog series. For this blog we have featured the husband and wife owners of Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails and The Salty Dog Bar & Grill.
How and when did you get started?
As a couple we got started in 1999, at Old Chicago in the Old Market. Brian was the bar manager, and I, Jayme, was a cocktail server. We fell in love and later decided to open a restaurant. In 2009 a dream became a reality with our first venture, The Salty Dog Bar and Grill, where we are known for our award winning CharBuff wings.
How have your life experiences brought you to where you are today?
Lots of failure, but also, learning from those failures. “I was built for this business, it’s what I know and have a passion for,” said Brian.
What do you enjoy about owning your own business?
The people that we see every day. When a customer enjoys their meal and has that “oh my goodness this is good” moment, that is the payback for the blood sweat and tears.
What do you find is your biggest challenge?
Employees, we can’t get enough of them. The job market is tough right now, but we also have been very successful in hiring the right people.
What sets you apart from your competitors?
For Brian it is the experience, this is really the only thing that he has ever done. Jayme adds that working well as a husband and wife team is also what sets them apart.
What is your motivation? What drives you?
“Being the best in town, I want to be the best. But also, being a provider for my family. I want our daughters to have a good example of work ethic,” said Brian.
What is your secret to success?
Our secret is relentless work ethic, but also hiring the right people to work with and for us.
How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
We don’t have a lot of balance, but balance that works for us. We have passion about our businesses and spend 80 percent of our day in our restaurants. We have dinner at one of the restaurants most nights, and our staff knows that is our time as a family.
Communication is also key. Being husband and wife we work well together, I can say “you need to take a break or step away” when I can see that he needs it. We have hired good teams who can handle things, and allow us to step away when we need to.
What was your biggest life lesson?
I was always taught to work hard and be a nice person, and I share and will continue to share that with my daughters.
What advice would you give other people who are interested in starting their own business?
Go for it, it’s difficult, and when it works the risk is worth the reward. Make sure you have the passion. If the passion isn’t there, it won’t work. This business takes a lot of blood sweat and tears to make it work.
Location, hours, services?
Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails
115 W Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Salty Dog Bar & Grill
2411 S 24th St
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Monday - Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Why do you choose to work with TS Bank?
“We wanted a relationship/partnership with our bank, I want to pick up the phone and talk to a person who knows me. That is exactly what I get from TS Bank,” said Brian.