If opening a new restaurant is challenging, then launching a second location can be a beast all its own. That's exactly what Baru 66 co-owners Tami Johnson, David Baruthio, and Sara Hill have tackled with their new endeavor, Baru at the Art Center.
I met with up co-owner and co-manager Sara Hill at the new space recently, curious about the launch. Over a fabulous lunch of carrot soup and Chef's casserole, we talked the importance of details, loving what you do, and Baru's decision to use Change for their point of sale app.
Meet Sara Hill, Co-owner and Co-manager at Baru
"I take care of day-to-day oversight of background and management. I get to run around to pick up whatever they need. Like coffee, like just now."
Moments before, Sara arrived with coffee beans in hand. Here at Baru, she makes sure these details do not go unattended.
What do you love about your job?
"I get to be in a beautiful space every day. It's beautiful in here, don't you think? I love being around artwork every day. I also get to do fun stuff like chatting with the guests," she says while waving to a patron.
What's your favorite tool for managing Baru?
"My phone, my iPad, and my car... and comfortable shoes."
Tell me about Baru's history with the Art Center:
"My friend Tami Johnson and I met at the Art Center in 2006 when I was teaching classes here. She's the one who brought David to town to open up Lucca in the East Village. So this is kind of where we all started, right here in the Art Center."
What is the specialty of Baru at the Art Center?
"It's a convenience location for people who are here to see the art and think, 'I'd like to sit down for lunch.' It's also a nice venue for people who want to enjoy some sunlight and the architecture over their lunch hour."
Why did you choose Change for this location?
"David (Baruthio) chose Change as a tool to lighten the paperwork load and make sure he has all the details to operate the business correctly, financially, and soundly."