FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI — Alex Witkowski resides a very completely different life now than he was 4 years in the past. Earlier than right now, he would usually don a helmet and important filth bike gear and head to work as an expert filth biker.
At this time, he dons a Culver’s baseball cap and an apron to arrange for work.
“It’s the identical. It’s nonetheless quick paced,” Witkowski stated of the 2 completely different industries.
Witkowski and his enterprise accomplice, Ross Fernandez, hosted a grand opening Monday, Oct. 26, for the brand new Culver’s restaurant, 4034 Miller Street, in Flint Township.
A small filth bike competitors held in Battle Creek a couple of years caught the eye of Witkowski, the place he met Fernandez, who at present owns three Culver’s areas in Owosso, Ludington and Lapeer in addition to filth bikes.
“He was simply stepping into it. He stated: ‘Hey, man, you need to do that with me’. On the time, I wasn’t prepared then. I used to be only a child racing filth bikes for a dwelling, simply making an attempt to make it by,” stated the 25-year-old enterprise proprietor.
The pair saved in contact over time and finally turned enterprise companions and greatest mates, Witkowski acknowledged.
Sooner or later, Witkowski determined he wished to leap into the restaurant business. The Indiana native and his girlfriend did the whole lot they might to depart the neighboring state and transfer to Michigan, he stated.
One of many necessities to change into a Culver’s franchisee contains the potential owner-operators to stay in Wisconsin for 4 months and take lessons to study all of the roles throughout the enterprise.
“You’re employed at no cost and study the tempo as you’re employed within the restaurant,” Witkowski stated. “It’s a dedication. They’re not simply making an attempt to choose anyone to function them, they’re ensuring you are able to do it as nicely.”
Witkowski defined he comes from a humble household and he needed to tackle many odd jobs simply to finish the objective of opening the enterprise.
“It was continuous work and there have been occasions for positive even via the method the place the whole lot ought to’ve been squared away and issues nearly fell away, and also you’re questioning each night time and praying to see if it’s really going to undergo,” Witkowski stated.
Tracey Tucker, financial enhancement director for Flint Township, stated the township is happy to have them be part of the neighborhood.
“I do know they had been actually excited to open up right now. It appears nice,” Tucker stated. “The township is joyful to have any person there that desires to be concerned in the neighborhood they usually’ve expressed that intention.”
The grand opening day had a gradual circulation of buyer site visitors, in accordance with Witkowski.
The restaurant workers 40 individuals, together with six managers.
The menu options the signature ButterBugrers, frozen custard, seafood sandwiches and dinners, soups salads, worth baskets and extra.
The enterprise is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days every week.