SAINT PAUL, minn. --Darren Yolky knows the automotive industry. So it was a surprised when his department at GE Fleet and many others were outsourced to India.
"It was the hardest hit facet of the country, and it was the hardest to regain your footing," said Wolke as he sat inside the Tin Cup's restaurant in Saint Paul.
"Tin Cup's has been on the map forever," said Wolke. "It's like a monument to Saint Paul."
Wolke is the new owner of the business at the corner of Rice and Maryland, with the blessing of his wife. She encouraged Wolke after hundreds of resumes for the automotive industry went unanswered.
""My wife had said, 'You've been talking about this bar/restaurant think ever since I've known you, it's time that maybe you tried to follow your dreams.'"
The dream turned out to be a lot harder than Wolke ever imagined. The business had been closed for a couple of years before Wolke bought it. After neighborhood residents stopped by to voice their approval during the renovation, Wolke was discouraged when only one customer showed up on opening day back in June.
Since then, Wolke has worked hard to draw in people. He believes he's perfected a chicken recipe the old Tin Cup's was known for, and he's particularly proud of other menu items, as well as his staff.
Still, Wolke feels he has yet to turn a corner where this dream job is all he hoped it would be.
"I can honestly say I'm not having fun at this point in this, not that I thought it would be all bells and whistles," said Wolke. Still, he believes if the neighborhood will accept him, that dream might just become a reality.
"We just to become part of the community for a long, long time."
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