Issue 28

Posts From Ron Samuelson

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Ron Samuelson

Ron Samuelson

Ron Samuelson has co-owned M’s Pub for over twenty years with business partner Ann Mellen. They also own Vivace, which will soon celebrate 20 years of operation in the Old Market. Ron’s 38 year restaurant career has spanned from Dallas and Denver to Omaha, with stints in the kitchen as well as front of house management for both corporate and locally owned concepts. He has served as President of the Omaha Restaurant Association and is a recent inductee to the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame.

Arrivaderci Vivace

My partner, Ann, and I said goodbye to an old friend this past month and I suspect a lot of you did as well. That’s what it was like selling our business, Vivace, after 21 years. That’s about 7,700 days

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The Times In Which We Live

“May you always live in interesting times.” – anonymous fortune cookie saying   Robert Kennedy gave a speech in Cape Town in June of 1966 in which he famously spoke the following: “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May

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Creativity as a Spiritual Business Practice

“It is not change that is painful, it is the resistance to change that is painful” – Anonymous Everything changes; That is perhaps the only constant in life, but to a business, change must be part of a plan, and

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Staying Cool

“Change is inevitable ~ growth is an option…” Anonymous No one seems to like change, unless it involves someone else changing. And no one likes to see the things that they have grown accustomed to change. But no one likes

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The Regulation Fixation

Rugged individualists. Mavericks. Working class capitalists. These are some of the phrases that describe one of America’s last great hopes, the small business person. These are people with a variety of backgrounds from their race, education and national origins to

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The Dirty Little Secret in the Industry

“Hi. My name is Ron, and I’m an alcoholic.” The first time I said those words aloud I felt free. Terrified, but free. What you are about to read is an account of my opinions (and my opinions only) on

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The State of the Omaha Restaurant Scene: The Past, Present and Future of Change

So just who do I think I am, anyway? Well, maybe the luckiest guy around. For a lot of reasons, but for today’s purpose, because I have spent the last thirty years doing something that I love, and making a

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