We had the good fortune of connecting with Chance Comstock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chance, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Treat people the way you want to be treated. I believe it’s that simple. In my business it means so much since we interact with people on a daily basis. We sometimes get just one opportunity to convert a first-time guest into a loyal, “regular” and I think showing people respect, honesty and integrity (combined with a smile, a few sincere words of appreciation and some good Cajun food!) goes a long way.
What should our readers know about your business?
Orleans Seafood Kitchen was started 12 years ago on the principles of providing high quality food and getting to know the people who love to eat it. Marcus and I work, live and play in the community. We know all about the Houston restaurant scene. We know it’s a tremendously competitive space and succeeding within that space takes hard work, but we believe that if you can treat people with respect, you have a strong foundation to work from. Without a doubt, our gumbo has made us who we really are today. When you have the name Orleans in your logo you better bet you need a strong gumbo — and I know that ours is top-notch.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start with a round of golf at any of our great courses here in town then lunch at Pico’s to get the signature soft shell crab and the Alto Rita. Once we have taken a post-lunch nap, we would head to Pappas Steakhouse for an amazing dinner before rounding out the night at Cottonwood. Then repeat – ha!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It can’t be said enough, my wife Michelle. Her commitment to me starting this business and her hard work as a new mother and business woman during that same timeframe is truly a blessing. Of course my business partner Marcus Payavla, who I’ve owned Orleans with for 12 years. We have similar styles of ownership, but also many contrasting counterpoints that allow us to cover a great deal of managerial ground and challenge each other towards increasing success.