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Meet Eric and Lindsey Fillion of Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen in Hillcrest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric and Lindsey Fillion.

Eric and Lindsey, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We opened in March 2016 after purchasing an existing restaurant. We closed for 2 days and immediately started working. We originally wanted a fun, family-owned restaurant with good food but got so much more. In the last 18 months our staff has created a culture like no other. Our amazing executive chef Dariusz created a menu that is both traditional French and modern. French Fine-Dining, without the pretense is what we call it and Sunday Funday Brunch, a community party every Sunday featuring some of the best DJ’s our community has to offer. The brunch motto is: “Brunch at your own risk” – It’s Hillcrest after all and we do things a little different, some might say, better.

The Pardon My French Brunch is a little much for the uninitiated which is why we spend so much time trying to inform new patrons.

There is so much love in our restaurant that it’s palpable, hugs and kisses from everyone, on the way in and on the way out, we truly want you to be family. Having said that, we’re not for everyone, we have our particular flavor and we don’t shy away from it.

Has it been a smooth road?
This is our very first restaurant and we’ve never had any restaurant experience so the learning curve has been really, really steep but we’re finally getting a hang of it.

The struggles are real in this industry, customers are truly not aware of the costs involved in getting a plate of food on their table and because of that most restaurants don’t charge what they should for their food. The sheer minutia involved is absolutely mind-boggling. It’s like being a cook, server, bartender, accountant, lawyer, auditor, cheerleader, and more, all-in-one. Add to that the challenges of being a business owner in California and you it’s easy to see why so many restaurants fail.

The real question here is, is it worth it? That remains to be answered but we lean toward ‘yes’.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We’ve had to come to grips lately with the fact that most people, when they can, spend more time at home binging on Netflix and Hulu thus ordering in more. To keep up with the trend, we’ve started several delivery services to see which is the best fit for us and our customers. We see this trend continuing.

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