Geoff Mathias is first and foremost a husband and a father of 3. He’s a better person because of them and strives to be better every day for them. Geoff had his first restaurant job at Bob Evans in 1999 while in school. He graduated from Cleveland State with a degree in Social Studies Education, but never left the restaurant business.
After being a stay at home dad (and bartending some nights) for several years, Geoff needed something career-oriented to focus on. He had never stopped the restaurant business and always loved it. He got into management for a few years at Bar Louie then Yard House.
Geoff always had an urge to work for himself. In 2018 Geoff and his business partner opened Sauced Taproom & Kitchen in Lakewood, OH with no outside investors. Sauced was born as a 50-tap craft beer bar with a build-your-own small plate focus that included pizza by the slice, sliders, fries and salads. Wings and empanadas rounded out the menu.
2 and 1/2 years after opening, Sauced Taproom is targeting to be debt-free in 2021 and looking at future opportunities.
What You’ll Learn in This Episode
- Long term employee retention strategies
- Craft beer bar experience
- Developing a successful partnership
- How Sauced Taproom is surviving COVID
- Community involvement