12. Figure out ways to let your partners into your territory
Say you’re the beer guy. That’s your job. The other partners shouldn’t be questioning your every decision. But: everybody wants to weigh in on beer selection, because it’s fun. David’s partner Stephen Yorsz narrowed down his beer possibilities to 20 can’t-misses, then had David help pick the final lineup -- mostly based on label-coolness, because David hates the taste of alcohol and doesn’t drink.
13. Value all opinions
Offering up an opinion just for the sake of yapping is a bad idea, but if a partner feels strongly about something that falls outside their area, hear them out. For instance: Larry Rice has been in the bar & resto business 20 years; Shawn Cantley has not. But Rice calls that perspective invaluable; Cantley isn’t jaded, and whereas sometimes Rice sees things from a purely operational perspective, Cantley sees them the way a customer would see them. “Don’t go into business with people if you don’t value their input.”
14. Whatever decisions get made, present a united front
“Whoever has the most compelling argument, you have to back that person’s idea,” says Rice. “You can’t undermine the idea to the staff or the public.”