Humans of Calvert County, Sarah Merranko & Anita Santoyo

“A gentlemen that works here, he’ll put his phone on in the back and he has a lot of motivational videos. I don’t know who we were listening to, he would, but he said, ‘you don’t realize how many businesses fail at the one yard line.’ You don’t realize it.

Fear? Of course. I would love to tell you I’m through it but I know I’m not. In all honesty, I’ve been getting through it by being out there daily with something that keeps my mind active. Things happen for a reason and I’ll figure it out. Maybe not now, maybe down the road, but I’m going to.

Over twenty years and I went through a process to get here and I’m glad I did. My first job was washing dishes at a pizza parlor. Some of the best restaurants I ever worked at were these little holes in the wall, but you couldn’t get people to stop walking in. All the places I’ve been through working has made a big big difference.

It’s the curve balls that get thrown at you. You go to turn a piece of equipment on and it won’t come on. Somebody needs to call out of work and all that can weigh in on you. It’s not a 9 to 5 job. Sometimes you need a repair man but then you try, and learn the simple things to save money. We have a really good crew. In this kind of business, sometimes you want to take a shortcut, but you can’t. It’ll affect the recipie. Something you don’t understand. So it’s having people that know the recipie, know that we do it this way and don’t shortcut.

This is what I wanted to do and I spoke to my wife about it twenty-one years ago. We’ve always been on the same team. My wife and I had been talking about it and talking about it and talking about it. You can talk about it and talk about it and talk about it and then you do it or you get off the pot. You work, you scrimp, you save. It really is a journey. It really is. Enjoy the journey until you get to the place. I want to enjoy the ride there. I didn’t expect to get on this for the short haul. Here we are over 21 years later and we have two awesome kids, and a great life doing this!
To keep satisfying and you get to do something that you like to do, you can’t ask for better than that.”

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...