26: Dick Woodward, Restaurateur

Kit McCarty welcomes octogenarian Dick Woodward to talk about his life and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Hear about his experiences as a business owner, his family and friends, his interests, and his dreams for the future on this episode of Now I See.


I don’t understand why people don’t hug more. Some of the best friends I have, I want to give them a hug every time I see them.

My mother once told me, ‘Dick, I hope you never get in the food business.’ She knew how difficult it was.

The most rewarding thing about the restaurant business is to see people walk through your door, and leave with a smile on their face.

Working with my wife has been–for the most part–very, very good. She ran the office; I ran the operations. There were times we crossed over. We’d get mad and butt heads, but we didn’t take it home with us. We worked well together. Without her support, we never would have made it.

If you’re going to get ahead in life, you have to take some chances.

Just because your wife is a good cook doesn’t mean you will have a successful restaurant.

My wife and I want to help the people who work for us. They are the people who made us successful. We’ve always treated our people good. We’ve gotten loyalty in return.

Do what you have to do.

I see people today who have nothing in their life to do in their retirement. Take up a hobby. Learn something new. Work a jigsaw puzzle. Read. Listen to music. There is always something you can find to do.

Children mean more to me than anything in my life. I hope I live another 10-20 years so I can see them grow up. I just love children! They are the  greatest. I like old people too. I am one myself, but I don’t feel old. I still think young.

I love keeping in touch with friends. That’s just something I want to do. My friends mean so much to me.


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