Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 46

our biz: PROFESSIONAL WISDOM Talk with the Business Titans Mike Ballinger – General Manager & Owner, Boiling Cajun Shrimp 44 PARKER COUNTY TODAY: What do you do in your day to day?  MIKE BALLINGER: A lot goes into managing a restaurant. My day starts at about 9 a.m., getting things ready for lunch service. I occasionally help with food prep and cooking, but that’s usually on Wednesdays and weekends. We average 10-15 employees. I taste every- thing we make daily, like all the soups and sauces. A lot of time is spent checking up on the employees and making sure all their side jobs are done. I do all the restaurant marketing, menu work and updates. If a particular item on the menu isn’t meet- ing sales expectations, it gets scrapped and I add something new. And last but not least, checking up on the custom- ers, both at the restaurant and online, all day and night until I go home. My work week is still 50 to 60 hours. It’s literally like juggling oranges or spinning plates, but I enjoy what I do. One thing I don’t have to worry about is payroll, I have a partner that takes care of that. BY MISTY BROWNING