Andrew Crumrine loves the food business and has built a successful restaurant in Crums on Central, located in the space formerly housing the much-beloved Le Cafe duTeau. Now that Crums is celebrating its sixth successful year, however, Crumrine has decided to take a break.
And when he says break, he means it.
“The food truck’s for sale, the restaurant’s for lease,” he said by phone Friday, a day after announcing his decision on Facebook. “I can’t tell you that I’m not going to do someone’s wedding, and who knows what’ll happen 15 years from now when the kids are teenagers and don’t want to be around their parents anymore. But right now, I’m going to focus on getting a 9 to 5 job, weekends off.”
It’s his kids — a one- and a four-year-old he shares with his wife and Crum’s co-owner Jennifer — who are the reason for his surprising decision.
“It’s something I’ve been wrestling with for the past year or so,” Crumrine explained. “I want to be a good dad and good husband and be at the restaurant enough to run the restaurant. When you have a one-year-old and a four-year-old, you want to be able to take them to the zoo on Saturdays if they want to. It’d be kind of nice to be able to do that, to watch cartoons with them, to do all those things. There’s nothing more important than raising your kids.”
Unfortunately, there are no “office hours” in the restaurant business. And, also unfortunately, the more successful Crums on Central has become, the more time Crumrine is forced to spend away from his family.
“I love this business. It’s been my lifelong dream, but we’ve done it,” he said. “It’s like getting the rocket ship to the launchpad and it’s all pretty, it’s beginning to take off. We do more and more business every year, but that’s not as important as raising your kids, being with your family and doing the right thing.”
The restaurant’s last day is Saturday, May 31, and, until then, will be serving up their southern food with a twist during regular hours: lunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; dinner, 4:30 p.m.-until, Tuesday-Sunday; and brunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The food truck, however, often found in front of the Indian Queen on the weekends, will probably not make any more appearances.
And Crumrine said to expect the restaurant to go out with a bang.
“I think there’s a good chance that last weekend we’re going to have a party,” he said. “I can’t see us letting it go without having a cocktail or two. Details remain to be seen, but you can count on something.”