Nate Pollak, On Leaving Tech For The Perfect Grilled Cheese
Nate Pollak, co-founder of San Francisco's The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, didn't always work in the restaurant business. In fact, it took a slumped economy, being laid off, and meeting his wife to get him there, but his hard work has certainly paid off.
As a hobby, Heidi used to compete in this thing called The Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles. She'd won that competition more than anyone else as an amateur chef. I went down to help her in 2009 and people kept telling us we should open a restaurant. At the time, there were no loans anywhere; it was literally the worst time to open a business. We spent every penny we'd ever made, and on the day it opened I had a negative balance in my bank account.
Photo by Nate Pollak