Drew Konze at Crepe Myrtle in the Landings

Crepe Myrtle in the Landings - RestaurantI recently had a chance to interview Drew Konze,the owner of an awesome new restaurant in Columbus, the Crepe Myrtle. So here are some of the questions and responses Drew gave me.

Q: Drew, you told me that you and your mom started the Crepe Myrtle. Could you tell me a little about that and how ya’ll came up with the concept??

A: The Crepe Myrtle in The Landings was started in Columbus, Ga in December 2011. I will be graduating from Auburn in May, looking for a job. I have always been interested in cooking and the restaurant industry. My mom was in Atlanta, and fell in love with the concept she stumbled upon while at The Atlanta Market. We were consulted by the company in Atlanta. My mom and I worked hard, researched everything we could think of and started the company from the ground up. We learn everyday new ways to better cater to our guests.

My family has been involved in family businesses my entire life. My dad owns Xpress Printing for 35 years, and my mom has started an arts and craft lesson business, as well as a Bible Verse Pillow case Business, Tadah is the name. Therefore, I have always wanted to start my own business and grow it large enough to provide for my family. With the help of my parents, we were able to invest the money needed to start the restaurant that is unique to Columbus GA.

Q: What makes the Crepe Myrtle different from other restaurants in Columbus?

A: Crepe Myrtle focuses on fresh ingredients. Everyday the vegetables and meats (steak and white meat chicken) are cut and cooked in order to create meals with the best possible ingredients. Each meal is prepared for the individual customer, not held warm all day. We are unique to Columbus being the only crepe restaurant in town. Our focus as a company is the customer and providing them with the best customer service will be a huge advantage of Crepe Myrtle. Our mission as a company is to provide our customers with a relaxing, delicious meal by providing the best customer service. Our employees take pride in the company we are creating together and share their love for life through the interactions with our guests.

Q: What are your future plans for the Restaurant?

A: The future of Crepe Myrtle is to eventually grow to become a regionally know restaurant that could have other locations. The other locations would be in towns similar to Columbus within Georgia or Alabama. Trying to keep the small, personal feel and great food will be the main goal for future restaurants.
The absolute ultimate goal would be to franchise hundreds of stores, but for now that is too far down the road.

Q: What else do we need to know about your business?

A: Crepe Myrtle in The Landings is a family owned and operated restaurant in Columbus, Georgia. Crepe Myrtle sells crepes that are created for the individual guest for lunch and dinner. Our location is in a central shopping center located in a great part of town. Our goal is to offer our customers a “get away from the everyday hustle and bustle” feel, by giving great, personal service and great food.

Thank you for sharing with me Drew! I have sampled the restaurant and was very impressed. You should have also let them know that they can have a glass of wine with their dinner. I for one will be back!!

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