It’s been four months since restaurateur Dean Corbett launched the ChefBoyarDean Show, which airs every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. on 1080 AM WKJK.
Except for a few missed Thursdays (if you can believe if, UK’s national championship run pre-empted the show several times, plus Corbett’s duties of running Equus & Jack’s Lounge and Corbett’s: An American Place during Derby Week kept him off the air), Corbett has hosted some of the town’s top chefs, restaurateurs, dining critics, brewers and newcomers to the scene.
Long story short, those shows have been funny, fast paced and informative and chockfull of insider info hard to find at any media outlet, even ours.
Tonight, Corbett expects the show will be more serious than the others as he hosts Andrew Hutto, owner of Baxter Station, who has said publicly he wants out of the business, and chef Patrick Roney, most recently chef at Avalon until it was closed without warning last Sunday.
Both will discuss what could be a looming crisis among struggling local restaurants, some of which are owned by veteran operators who are having a hard time staying afloat.
“This business is a killer lately,” said Corbett. “On one hand we love to see the restaurant scene thriving here, but that’s made competition tougher than ever. Listeners who heard Kathy Cary (Lilly’s Bistro) on the show a few weeks ago heard us both say how long some owners go these days without taking a penny in salary out of their businesses. It’s not the same business it was 27 years ago when I bought Equus.”
Hutto spoke similarly in my recent blog about Baxter Station, and Roney forecasted comparably in another blog, saying large restaurants are a thing of the past and that the profitable model is small restaurants.
Roger Baylor, partner in the New Albanian Brewing Co., and a guest on last week’s show, told listeners that operating his business at even a modest profit for the past 25 years has never been easy. Staying involved and connected to his business, as well as changing NABC’s format and opening Bank Street Brewhouse in 2009, have been key to its ongoing success.
Expect similarly sage commentary tonight.
So, are you interested in tuning in?
I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t even own an AM radio outside my car!” There’s an alternative: That high-tech smart phone of yours will use the iHeart Radio app, which will stream the show live.
And if that’s not enough incentive, I’m cohosting the show with Corbett tonight and most Thursdays for the foreseeable future.
OK, so that’s no draw, but don’t let that deter you. (You can call in to the show and harass me personally if you like—just listen!) The show is a fun one, especially when the ever-loquacious Corbett cuts loose. He’s a witty lad.