We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Spencer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matt, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk taking has always been a key component of the hospitality industry. That being said there’s a certain amount of risk in any new project that we take on, however it’s calculated risk. We know what kind of expertise we bring to the table in terms of design and creating an experience for our guests. We always do our research on the market we’re stepping into and making sure that there is a genuine want and need for that product. There will always be mitigating factors that our completely out of our hands, but the risks we have taken have truly paid off. Restaurants can be a beast but in my experience the risk has always been worth the reward.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I think that as mid-size company we have a lot of resources at our fingertips, but we’re also able to shift gears and adapt quickly. In that sense we kind of have the best of both worlds. We’ve had to adapt a lot this past year, and our team has really showed up.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I have to do a quick plug for all SDCM Restaurant Group locations (Kettner Exchange, Waverly, The Grass Skirt, FIREHOUSE, Devil’s Dozen, Good Time Poke, and Vin de Syrah). Besides that I’d say spend a lot of time outdoors. You can always find me on Mission Bay.

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?
Definitely want to acknowledge my mom. She raised me as a feminist and is the original badass woman in my life. I wouldn’t be where I am without her today.

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