“..One day I want to open a farm to table style restaurant..” a boyhood dream, and at 28 years old Corey Bousquet did it. It’s called The Brick, located at 8955 SW. 72 PL Kendall, in one of South Miami’s most up and coming neighborhoods, Downtown Dadeland.
His first exposure to the business came from his neighbor who owned an Italian style pizzeria sit down restaurant where he started as a busboy at 14.
The owner’s mother had a two acre farm on Eastern Long Island where she grew and picked fresh vegetables for the menu.
“..there”s something special about working with smaller local farmers.. being able to name where the produce comes from in the salad that one of my guests is eating..”
Working his way up and gathering experiences from many different types of restaurants, Corey advanced to a manager, learning the business inside and out.
With a great investor behind him who believed in his vision, he proceeded to do his research that would lead to the best location and with a new design for today’s market.
” I spent a year before opening, doing my homework with demographic researches, target markets, advertising strategies…in order to set myself up for success..”
The next step was calling out to one of Miami’s longtime well known chefs, Chef Allen Susser’s consultation for a sound operation.
Corey’s advice to newcomers in the business…” Do your homework…it pays to know your stuff..” “I have put everything on the line to see it succeed, my employees can see and feel my passion , in turn making them passionate about it. ”
” At the end of the day, I wouldn’t change what I do for anything..”