What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
Iím the owner of Bon Tonís Cafe, a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Old Colorado City.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I do the daily shopping for fresh produce and bread and order the other items for the restaurant, including the alcohol. I also do the bookwork, in-cluding payroll, taxes, hiring and firing.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I learned how to cook when I was a kid living in New Mexico. I bought Bon Tonís in January of 1995 from Jerry and Marie Sparks, who had owned it for 2 1/2 years and renamed it Bon Tonís (after their favorite restaurant in New Orleans.) The original owners were Fran and John Rodden, who had converted it from a gas station and called it Roddenís Cafe.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I like meeting the people from all walks of life, including musicians, actors, attorneys, cowboys and other business owners and moms and their kids.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I would give it a larger kitchen and seating area. It would be more than seasonal, with an enclosed patio. However, we are in the historical district, and the few requests I have made have been denied by the Regional Building office.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Using the Internet for marketing. And the reality of owning a business. You cannot be an absentee owner and maintain food quality, worker integrity and daily maintenance.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The historical district is a unique area in that it attacts tourists. And there is the history of the tunnels under Colorado Avenue, that Laura Bell kept her bordello on the same side of the street as Bon Tonís. And many of the workers at Bon Tonís have been here for years, including Kevin, our dishwasher. I like to say that he came with the building.
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