Posted: July 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

I don’t think you can be considered an entrepreneur until you are living in a basement, garage, or are just homeless in general. While basement living is in our near future, as of 6/30/10 the three Sabi founders are living out of two cars…thus placing us in the category of homeless entrepreneurs.

Literally, all of our possessions now reside in the trunks and back seats of two small cars – it’s actually quite impressive when you think about it.

Anyway, for those of you not familiar with the plan, after months of research we have narrowed down our possible locations to Chicago, IL and Denver/Boulder, CO. This week we are exploring the city and suburbs of Chicago before heading to Colorado to research the Denver metro area.

Last Tuesday we began our 800 mile, 14 hour drive from Durham, NC to Chicago…and what a trip that was. Trevor and I left from Durham to meet Shaan in Charleston, WV, where Shaan had arrived hours before since he left from Washington DC. I had never been to West Virginia, but when I got there Shaan instructed us to meet him at a Veterinary Hospital in the glorious city of Charleston. I’m still not sure why he chose this over a gas station, restaurant, or really any place that had food/drinks/bathrooms but that is besides the point. The Charleston Vet is where Shaan, Trevor and I reunited after over a month, and began our cross country road trip to scout locations for Sabi.

I won’t bore you with details from the drive, but after about 10 hours we decided to call it quits for the day, and stopped at a $33/night room at the Dollar Inn near Indianapolis, IN. Although I am not a fan of motels in the first place, this one was particularly strange (although it was located next to a sushi restaurant so maybe that is a sign) – in order to save money we told the owner we had two people instead of three in the room (entrepreneurs have to conserve!) only to discover that this saved us a whopping total of $4 for the night…very well played on our end.

The next morning we were up at 6am to make it to Chicago for some morning meetings. We were very fortunate to receive a tour of the city/suburbs from Stacy’s dad and brother when we first arrived, so that was extremely helpful for us to get acclimated to the area.

After the tour, we prepared for a meeting with RJ and Jerrod Melman, the sons of Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman, and the owners and managers of the popular restaurant Hub 51. We were extremely thankful that they took the time out of their hectic days to speak with us about Sabi, they really have a great feel for restaurant management and know all about creating a buzz in the Chicago area. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Lettuce Entertain You, they are a restaurant management group that truly knows how to operate successful restaurant brands – we hope to execute Sabi’s operations even half as well as they do over at LEYE.

The next few days are going to be jam packed with meetings and location scouting, so we are hoping to get some more information/pictures of sites up on the blog soon to see what you think. If anyone has suggestions or possible leads in Chicago (or Colorado when the time comes) as always any help would be greatly appreciated.

Reach out to us at eat@sabisushi.com or contact me directly at daniel@sabisushi.com



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