“You can bring your kids here one night and then go on a date night the next,” says John. And it’s true...there is something for everyone. From Artisan pizzas to small Mediterranean plates, from knockout Italian desserts to a killer happy hour menu, Blue Grotto serves it all.
But, as everybody knows, starting up a restaurant is no easy task. And Blue Grotto, like all restaurants, had its ups-and-downs in its startup phase.
“It took a long time to become a success,” says John. “But it was worth it!”
Because of Blue Grotto’s renowned success throughout the Brookside area of Kansas City, John plans on opening more locations in the future. He is aiming for two more restaurants in the next seven years, keeping the “go big or go home” mentality in mind.
The “go big or go home” mentality resides in many entrepreneurs throughout the Kansas City area—but especially within John. When asked what advice he would give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business, he replied, “Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and help, even outside of the restaurant industry.”
Good luck to John Grier and the Blue Grotto restaurant. Thanks for Thinking Big and bringing a successful (and delicious) restaurant to Kansas City!
Written by Allison Way