Former London resident in El Dorado Hills Plans on More Relish Burger's
EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Owner of Relish Burger and 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills, Richard Righton has his hands full. Although he sold the popular Bidwell Street Bistro nearly three months ago, he has plans in the future to add two to three more Relish Burgers to his list.
How long have you been in the restaurant business?
My first job was in a pub when I was 15 years old in England. I’ve done everything from being a chef to a bartender. After moved to United States 21 years ago, I started in a French Restaurant called La Vie en Rose and then worked in Elarios Restaurant and Jazz House. I later got a job with P.F. Chang’s as a manager and then worked for Sysco selling food to restaurants.
What types of jobs did you have in England?
I was a butler for famous people like Anton Mossiman, who is a Swiss chef and restaurateur. I served the Queen, U2, Princess Fergie and Princess Diana. In the winter I worked at a ski resort as a bartender in the evenings and skied during the day.
I also spent many winter months in France. My wife and I – we weren’t married at the time – ran a ski chalet for five years where she cooked for 14 people and I bartended. Later, I leased my own ski chalet which I had for a couple of years. We lived in a beautiful village in France.
After my days as a butler and leasing the ski chalet, I managed three different pubs in London. As I was in a little village in England, I was forced to move to London since that was the only place you could make any money.
What do you like most about your current job?
It’s not the same every day. It’s changing all the time. You also get to meet different and interesting people every day.
What challenges have you had in owning the restaurants?
Running the restaurant is easy, however, the rules and regulations you have to follow are the hardest thing. You also have to keep reinventing yourself. Traveling helps me get new ideas.
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