We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Labbe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I think in business and in life, we learn lessons every day so I don’t want to shortchange any of those lessons. But, as I read this question, the first thing that came to mind was “don’t ever get complacent or outworked.” There are a lot of very smart, but complacent, people in the world that are being outworked by people with drive and consistency, yet with a fraction of the intelligence of their counterparts. I’ve encountered both, and even missed opportunities myself, because I fell into the former instead of focusing on the latter.

What should our readers know about your business?
My business, 81/82 Group, has been around a little over 10 years. We began as consultants with other hospitality companies and eventually grew into our own hospitality company. In all that we do at 81/82 Group, we try our best to be a bit different through uniqueness from extra touches on cocktails and the way we plate food to our interesting approach to marketing; our ultimate goal is to gather people’s interest and attention. We have seen that people today want an immediate experience, so if something were to be dragged on, they become disinterested; therefore, we try to add fun, personal touches to everything we do. Everyone would say they like their brand to be unique, but I find that we are successful in this way because we rely on our team to help execute what we are going for. It is important to have a team that has the same vision to avoid becoming disconnected and losing the mission of the brand.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
La Neta! (Obviously) Take them around The Epic and stay there because we are right across the street
Would take them to a basketball or hockey game at American Airlines
Katy Trail

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh Man! This is hard because there are A LOT of things and people that helped and pushed me to be better and still do. Throughout the years, I’ve tried to learn how to (and how not to) from everyone I’m around. From how people treat others to how they handle themselves, I feel there is something to take away from every situation or interaction.

However, I’d say — first and foremost — my mother. She taught me work ethic and how to handle stressful situations from a young age, and did so probably without knowing it. From there, I’d say I was very fortunate to always be surrounded by a variety of people that created a way for themselves and, to me, how they accomplished it was an education for me into itself. I’m very appreciative of the fact some of them let me linger around enough to learn from them.

Website: https://8182group.com/; https://www.lanetacocina.com/

Instagram: @lanetadallas; @8182group

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8182group https://www.facebook.com/lanetacocinadallas

Image Credits
81/82 Group

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