Chef Lady Brown

My-oh-my has it been a long time since I’ve made a post. However it’s extremely hard to write about your life when you’re trying to keep everything a secret. Yes we have closed our doors at the VFW building. If you have been following this blog you know that it’s been quite a struggle for us at that location. We only had the opportunity to run as a restaurant Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. These are not the most lucrative days for a restaurant to run and operate and make a profit. Originally our plan was to open our own restaurant here in Lawrence. We looked at several buildings, found a building, was negotiating a lease and almost signed … However after much debate we decided to go ahead and move the business to Arizona to continue on my journey of becoming a celebrity chef. This was not an easy decision for me. Having to move and uproot my little family from all of our close friends and relatives. I’ve been in this industry a long time now. And I can see us opening a restaurant here in Lawrence and it not being very successful, unfortunately. Just look at how many restaurants have come and go in the last 5 years… shoot in the last year! I was just never able to catch my niche here. Don’t get me wrong I will still be flying back and forth to do events and festivals and any caterings that have already been pre-booked. I’m keeping the food trailer here in Kansas and still plan to use it as often as I can. Right now our plans for opening a business in Arizona is going to stay quiet. This move is moving my life into a direction that is way bigger, way way bigger and it’s the necessary change that I need to make so that my family and I have a good solid future ahead of us. I have packed up most of our personal items, and I’ve decided to sell everything else. Yes I am getting rid of my entire life, packing a few bags and moving across country to follow my dreams. This too has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve literally been going through boxes from Storage that haven’t been opened in years, selling items that have been dragged around move after move and I even had to give my animals away to a new family. My fur babies are gone and that broke my heart yesterday. But I know it’s what’s best for them. I ended up giving Luna and Ronald away to an amazing family who lives on a farm and has a young daughter of their own. They were willing to take both the cat and the dog so that they could stay together and now they will have the life that they deserve. When making this decision to up and move and start something completely new I thought of my children first. I don’t think some understand how truly hard it has been for me starting this business, as a single mother, as a student with no financial support and very little emotional support. I have missed a lot of time with my kids in the last 2 years starting this restaurant here in Lawrence. I work anywhere from 12 to 18 hour days. I get my kids up in the morning and get them ready for school and then I don’t see them again until I’m getting them ready for bed. I have struggled financially for many years, draining all of my bank accounts, my savings and spending every last dime I have to make this work. And I just can’t do that anymore, I can’t do that to them and I can’t do that to myself. I thank God for the support system that I have now. For the friends and family that support me and believe in me. Y’all are what is keeping my head on straight. I just want Lawrence Kansas to know that I love each and everyone of you that have supported me along this journey and those who continue to support me. Lawrence is the foundation of my career and where it all began and I will never forget that. Much Love LFK. Please believe this isn’t the last you’ve heard of me! ❤

 

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