Whisk: Success From the Ground Up
How often do you scroll down your Instagram timeline and see pics of amazing looking food?
Many times its social media that may persuade me to connect with a restauranteur. I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures of the delicious plates that come out of the kitchen at Whisk. I had to sit down with the dynamic duo that is Ricky and David Rodriguez, the owners of Whisk. These are two of the coolest restauranteurs I’ve ever met and their story is even cooler.
Plus anyone that are fans of Ron Swanson (of tv series Parks and Recreation) are good people in my book.
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Was there a huge focus on cooking when you guys were growing up?
Ricky: Yes! We are from Mexico. I came here when I was 7 years old. I used to help my mom clean beans, watch my grandmother make handmade tortillas and my grandfather bake cakes.
You would have 3 people in the kitchen at once, helping out, talking and having fun.
David: My mom was a housewife, so growing up we would always have a home cooked meal. Food has always been a huge influence in our lives. It has the power to change people!
What’s the one food you got good at cooking early in life?
Ricky: Burgers! I’m a burger guy bro! We call this brunch by day and burgers by night.
How would you describe the Whisk style of food?
David: We stack it high, and watch it fly!
I see you guys having so much fun in the back of the house, how does that comradery show up in the product you put out?
David: Lol, you saw the video of the running man challenge? That’s the kind of environment we create. Ricky always has to have music playing in the background.
We crack jokes about everything, sometimes my head hurts from laughing so much. Our employees come to work knowing they will have a better time here than at their homes. It’s cool because they begin to have the same ambition as us.
You guys have some insane brunch items. Who comes up with these combinations?
David: Most of the items on our menu were once specials or combinations we’ve played around with. For example. our barbecue is bomb, so one day iIput it on top of the mac and cheese. I made it a special and its been selling hot.
I like when my cooks come up with things too. I want them to feel important, we are a family.
The people online loves Whisk, how important is it for you to be active on social media?
Ricky: It’s huge man. Social media can make you or break you. If you see some of our reviews, I’m the one responding to the people. I know we can’t please everybody, but I like to know what needs to be fixed.
David: I like to share everything we are doing. I like to throw our personality out there, it keeps it fun. We should be on a reality TV show!
If you could get on a mic in front of a crowd of your fans and regulars what would you say?
Ricky: That’s tough bro. Having all of these people support us means everything. They make it happen. Without them, I can’t pay for the lights. It’s that simple. I wake up every day thinking how we can improve and our improvements can only be done with the support of the customers.
My hashtag online is #neverstopimproving. The minute you stop you settle. you should stop just because of your success.
David: I would apologize for having such a small space. It’s amazing to me that people will wait hours to sit, then sit for a couple more hours having fun. If they like us now, they will like us even more because we will only get better.
If you could describe each other in one word what would it be?
Ricky: Same. I’m blessed enough to have him as a business partner and brother.
I had a great time stuffing my face with delicious excellence. There was literally a smile on almost every face in the place. When you stop by you’re guaranteed to find something you love, and mark my words.. you will come back. I will!
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Whisk – 2018 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL. (773) 252-9060