We had the good fortune of connecting with Jamie Minotti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jamie, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I hope I leave a legacy of giving back to others and the community. My parents really made an effort to instill the idea of giving back whether that was in the form of volunteering or beyond. No matter what I’ve done in my career, I’ve tried, sometimes better than others, to incorporate those values.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My Yard Live brings together all the cool elements of a community center, dream backyard, park, brewery and beer garden, eatery, and live entertainment and event venue. We set out to create a family friendly concept where folks could come for an experience and create memories. We wanted to provide an option for folks that were looking for a different type of restaurant and brewery experience. Developing My Yard Live has been the hardest thing I have done by far in my career. Mark and I literally sat down with a vision board at his house, and about three years later we opened our doors. Throughout that time, we heard more often than not why My Yard Live would not work, whether by concept, financially, permitting or real estate. At first I remember us getting annoyed when people would tell us that there was no way to make My Yard Live happen and then we began to take the responses in stride because we were rejected so often and believed so much in the concept.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Mitch’s in Shelter Island for fish. Everyone goes to Point Loma Seafoods. The people in the know go to Mitch’s. I’d probably pop them over to Ocean Beach for some people watching. I lived in OB for 15 years and its pure entertainment. We’d probably head out to Sunset Cliffs and walk the trails. Other spots would include Carlsbad Village, Del Mar Village, Hotel Del Coronado, La Jolla Cove, Scripps Beach, Torrey Pines, and of course My Yard Live!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Nin, Pop, Mom and Dad! I was fortunate to grow up in a family where I saw my grandparents often a couple times a week. They were such an influence on me. In fact, my Nin, who sadly lost her life to Covid at 106yo this past May, worked in the food industry full time until she was 85yo!