“There’s no detail too minute,” says Burch Steakhouse backer Ryan Burnet, whose split with former business partners still burns.
“We’re still in the freak-out stage,” says Isaac Becker, the famed local chef who opened the red-hot Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar at Hennepin and Franklin in Minneapolis just three months ago. “Opening up something this big costs a lot more than you think to operate.”
They’re running two separate restaurants on two floors, overflowing 240 seats several times a night with more tables and chairs already on order, and staffing shifts at a cost three times more than Becker thought.
But behind the crazy opening nights and the A-list crowds is a low-key man who assembled nearly $1.2 million in financing to make the restaurant happen. He is Ryan Burnet, a superstar broker and the son of real estate mogul Ralph Burnet. He maybe could have coasted, but he’s determined to build a business all his own.