What is your background?
I came to Naples from Kansas City with my family. My wife of sixteen years and my two wonderful children Rylee Annabelle Brooks, 8 and my son James Albert Brooks, 3. My wife and I represent 40 years of experience in the restaurant hospitality business. I have been an executive chef of everything from a casual diner to high end seafood and steak. I started my career as a dish washer and most recently left a job as vice president of a 10 unit operation in Kansas City. The economy really took a toll on the high end restaurants and led to many pay cuts which led me to pursue my own business. My wife and I have been visiting Naples for about 10 years and we fell in love with the area so we decided to cash in our 401k sell everything we own and take a chance.
Why did you decide to buy Lindburgers?
In our search for a business to buy we wanted something that was very small and personal so that we could shake hands and know the people that were eating in our facility. Although trading in a high profile job for a spatula and apron was a big a change my wife and I knew that we could provide a great product and personal touch that would make us successful. Lindburgers has been a part of Naples for over twenty five years and is a landmark restaurant. This is the place that everyone used to come for the best burger in the state. I figured that everyone knows where Lindburgers is we just need to give them a reason to come back and provide the best product possible and a clean friendly environment along with a huge helping of Midwest hospitality and we would be just fine. I prefer small local restaurants that have character and history. This is a perfect match. I can use my creativity for daily specials and still have time to talk to people about their day. I couldn’t be happier with our choice