Where We Work: Larkin’s RestaurantPublished 1:30pm Sunday, October 30, 2011
person featured: Jason Cole, General Manager
business: Larkin’s Carolina Grill
address: 155 W. Mills St., Columbus
phone number: 828-894-8800
Operating hours: Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
year founded: 2008
other locations: Greenville, S.C., and Lake Lure, N.C.
nature of business: Restaurant
number of employees: 30
how’s business? Business is getting better. It has picked up over the last year.
One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We have great food at a great price. Specials are available every day and complemented with courteous service. We are not just in the restaurant business; we are in the hospitality business.
Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: A special dining experience every time you leave your home. Larkin’s provides a comfortable setting, great atmosphere and phenomenal food.
advice to young entrepreneurs: Set your goals. When you reach those goals, set the bar higher. Never give up and keep pushing.
my first job: Stock person at K-Mart in Forest City, N.C.
your role model (in business or in life generally): My mother. She never gave up – she’s a real fighter.
The key to a successful business: Taking care of the ones who take care of you. Always be honest and straightforward.