Name of Business: John#8217;s Seafood Steaks

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 9, 2008

Address: 315 East Main, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Phone number: 252-398-8600

Operating Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Nature of Business: Seafood and steak restaurant

Principle owner/manager and title: John Taylor

Year Founded: 2005

Prior Location: Dockside Restaurant (1988-2005). Most people know me because of my many years of running my business at Dockside.

Number of employees: 15

How’s business? Sluggish, it’s feeling the gas crunch, and a slow economy.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We really care about how your food is prepared, and that it’s the best around.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: This you may find elsewhere but it is scarce:

myself and my workers care about your business, and that you are happy with your visit.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Anybody can open a business but it takes a lot of sacrifices and work to make it successful.

Your first job: I worked for my uncle on his and my grandmother’s farm.

Your role model (in business or in life generally): My mother. Never give up, and nothing beats failure but a try.

The key to a successful business is: Treat your customers as friends and guests, have fair prices, produce a good product.