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Small Biz Insider: Lucille's Chef-Owner Talks "Grit Checks," Sustainability and Serving Community

Published Sep 02, 2020 by Maggie Martin

Lucille's restaurant
Lucille's Chris Williams

Lucille's in Houston's Museum District is named in honor of Chris Williams' great-grandmother, Lucille B. Smith. Photo credit: Lucille's

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are well-known for innovating, taking risks and bouncing back from crisis again and again. 2020, though, has been exceptional. Nearly every facet of the economy has been incredibly impacted in some way.

On this episode, we're checking in with Lucille's, a locally-owned restaurant in the Museum District co-founded in 2012 by brothers Chris and Ben Williams. The restaurant's name and cuisine is in honor of their great-grandmother, Lucille B. Smith. 

Our guest is Lucille's Chef-Owner Chris Williams. 

Key topics:

  • Switching from a profitability to sustainability model 
  • How COVID-19 prompted Lucille’s to launch its nonprofit, Lucille’s 1913
  • How Houston chefs are banding together through Lucille’s pop-up program to support for Houston's bar community during the pandemic
  • What success looks like for Lucille’s in 2020

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