Like all entrepreneurs, Patrick Walsh believes those bumps in the road can ultimately lead to continued success.
Walsh has had tremendous success in downtown Louisville as the owner and operator of the Bittersweet Cafe & Confections and /pôr/ wine house, but recently had a bit of a hiccup with opening a third restaurant Coabana, last summer.
Walsh recently pulled the plug on the restaurant at 701 Main St. and, despite his disappointment, believes it has come at a perfect time to expand his two successful downtown ventures.
"My wife (Azadeh) and I have a five-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, and want to make more time for them," he said. "I need to do something that doesn't detract from the two businesses I'm already running."
Walsh said the /pôr/ wine house will move next month from behind the Bittersweet at 836 Main St. to the busy corner at 701 Main St.
Based on the growing needs of both Bittersweet and /pôr/, it has become more and more apparent that /pôr/ has outgrown its current space. "We really created a beautiful space, something totally different, and one of the most unique places I can think of in Boulder County," Walsh said.
"It's eclectic and weird and charming in a cool way, but it also had challenges," he said. "I am aware of the issues and have thoughtfully tried to fix them throughout the years, but our current building is really the limiting factor at this point in the game.
"We cobbled it together with love," Walsh said. "Now I'm finding a way to recreate that eclectic charm in the new space. It's a challenge I really thrive on."
Moving into 2,000 square feet with a full kitchen will solve many of the difficulties encountered at /pôr/; with the bonus of doubling the number of wine taps, from 12 to 24.
"We will keep the menu largely the same for the foreseeable future, and use the expanded kitchen to really enhance what we already do," Walsh said.
The building now housing /pôr/ will be used as an event space, Walsh said.
"We will continue to host beautiful wedding and corporate events in this space," he said. "During normal business it will become an extension of Bittersweet."
"We're going to create a more comfortable space. We'll bring in some couches and try to accommodate the large number of people who come into Bittersweet to work."
The additional coffee-based bar will service clientele looking for a more laid-back experience, offering kombuchas (fermented teas) nitro and iced coffee, as well as wine and beer on tap.
The music scene at the current Bittersweet and /pôr/ sites will remain unchanged for the most part.
"We will continue to have our popular Summer Concert Series." Walsh added. The new /pôr/ will also offer both inside and outside (seasonal) music, but Walsh said they will focus on music that doesn't conflict with a dining experience.
"A multitude of good things will come out of the move, but I don't want to lose what we've created at the current /pôr/ space," he said.
"We are beyond excited about this new venture. We look forward to offering a delightfully improved experience to our customers at both Bittersweet and /pôr/."