ERLING WU-BOWER, Chef and Co-Owner, Pacific Standard Time and The Laurel Room, Chicago

“Looking at the country as a whole and rumors of recession— it’s nerve-wracking.”


“Noise has been our No. 1 critique. Adding soundproofing is expensive, but that will be one of the first things on the docket in the second quarter.” Also, POS. “The one thing customers pinpoint as the restaurant tradition they like least is giving up control of their credit card when they hand it over to their server. So many people have mentioned that recently. We’re trying to make that transaction more customer-friendly, possibly by using smartphone payment options, or similar.”

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