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In the first interview of 21 Questions, Covid edition, we caught up with Chris Schubert, owner of Rosie's on River Street in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Where did you grow up?
Regina, Saskatchewan. I lived there from 6-33.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a bus boy in a hotel in Regina.
Top 3 ingredients in your pantry?
I pay people to cook, I don’t do a bunch of cooking myself. But let’s go basic with lettuce, chicken, and spices.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching The Bachelor... that’s my guilty pleasure. I watch it every Monday, that and Love Island, Too Hot to Handle.
(Let the record state that Chris proceeded to tell me the schedule of reality show releases for the next month)
What’s your favourite type of cuisine?
Favourite food city?
I haven’t traveled a whole bunch, but I’ll say Las Vegas, they kinda have it all.
Favourite item on your menu?
Bacon cheddar burger, from a business standpoint its our bestseller but it’s also pretty tasty.
What do you make for a lazy supper?
Probably just grilled chicken and salad.
Who’s your go-to restaurant?
Besides mine… probably Metsu Sushi, it’s a local sushi place.
Name 3 guests at your ideal dinner party?
What would be your medicore superpower
Being a good cook.
Whats your favourite thing to do outside from work?
Go to the gym, it’s not my favourite thing to do but I don’t do much besides that!
What food trend needs to go?
People who avoid gluten. I imagine wheat isn’t the best for you but everyone did fine until the past decade or so.
How long have you been on Sociavore?
About a year or so.
What do you use Sociavore for?
We use Sociavore for our website and our ecommerce.
What’s your favourite feature of your Sociavore powered website?
The online ordering, it’s the ease of use of it.
How have you adapted through COVID?
The biggest thing would be using a company like Sociavore to have more of an online presence and make it easier for people to order food and merchandise without having to pick up the phone to talk to somebody.
What’s next for your restaurant?
In Saskatchewan it's all open right now. What’s next for us we’re kind of experiencing right now. We’re busier than we’ve ever been, and it’s been pretty crazy. Moose Jaw is kind of touristy kind of town, as someone who lives here it’s hard to wrap my head around. We’re located downtown and there’s tunnels and stuff where Al Capone may have been so people stop in for that. And we’re right on the number 1 Highway so people stop in. I think people are traveling right now, even now, my restaurant is probably all full right now.
What’s one thing you want to say to your customers?
Haha, maybe just how much I appreciate them. We don’t get the chance to, but just to thank them for their support before, during, and after Covid especially.
What are 3 things you’d tell a new restauranteur?
Be your own best employee, it's not for the faint of heart, and you’ll get out of it what you put into it.
Who should we interview next?