Franchising Friendship

Logan Herald Journal:

It’s 3 p.m. and Randy Robinson has barely started eating lunch — a single enchilada with lime chicken, smothered with sour cream and cheese.

His friend, Jim Christensen, digs into a plate of nachos, enjoying a quick break in what will be a long day.

Childhood pals since the seventh grade, their friendship has blossomed into a business partnership. The two opened their restaurant Bajio Mexican Grill on the south end of Logan earlier this month.

“For a few years at least, this will be a huge focus of ours,” Christensen said. “Getting going and making it happen is everything we’re about right now.”

Bajio — a restaurant chain named after a mountainous region of central Mexico with lush valleys — isn’t the first business venture for the friends. They had previously owned some rental properties, but Robinson said opening the restaurant takes much more commitment.

“Rental properties take a little bit of babysitting, but you don’t have people yelling at you if their burrito is cold,” he said. “So this is a little more intense.”

Christensen has been working 14-hour days lately. After arriving at the restaurant about 8:30 a.m., he often begins the day by cooking the rice or beans. He has been training the employees, but still helps out with anything that needs to be done: serving up a burrito on the line, cleaning the bathrooms and interacting with the customers. Full article.

Photo: Alan Murray / Herald Journal.

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