"Hubris will lead to failure"

Sean Degnan co-owns the very popular restaurant bu•ku in Raleigh, N.C. Five years into it, Sean and his team are still paying close attention to their customers and flexibly making changes as they go. We discussed a wide variety of topics from finding the right business partner to finding the right landlord, but what really sticks out is Sean’s humility and focus on learning from others. He has the right mindset to succeed long term in the tough restaurant business, and while he’s only been an owner for five years, the wisdom he conveys is similar to what I often hear from owners who’ve been at it for decades. Enjoy…


We have produced 16 podcast episodes so far, and they are all here. If you have a free podcast app on your phone, you can subscribe to our channel and enjoy these as we drop them into iTunes. Each episode lasts 30-60 minutes, with me and an owner chatting about the restaurant business in a casual way. Our hope is that you’ll learn something and enjoy listening to independent owners share their stories.