For 42 years, The Silo Restaurant has been a fine-dining destination for patrons from across Chenango as well as neighboring Broome and Otsego counties. Those diners are willing to make the drive to rural Coventry for the picturesque setting, delicious food and exceptional service.
Owner Gary Kurz is proud of the service he and his staff provide to their guests, whether they are there for dinner, Sunday brunch, a wedding or special event. They even come on snowmobile during the winter months.
It’s the people, he says, that make it all worthwhile.
“I like seeing them happy,” he said. “That’s what makes my day.”
Being a small business owner, especially a restaurant owner, isn’t without its challenges, however. One of the biggest is controlling costs. For Kurz, that means payroll costs, food costs and operating costs.
“Every time you turn around, costs are rising,” he said.
Some of those costs are within his control, but many are not.
“The state makes it difficult, the federal government makes it difficult,” he said, citing taxes, mandates and regulations that become more burdensome each year. “There’s no way to control that kind of thing.”
He’s already anticipating the impact minimum wage hikes will have on the business as a whole – not just his bottom line…
Written by Melissa Stagnaro, Evening Sun Contributor. Read the full article at evesun.com.