As Augusta University’s annual Alumni Weekend approaches, the university is celebrating alumni entrepreneurs. Asian Brown, a 2016 graduate of the College of Science and Mathematics, is the co-founder of The Brunch House of Augusta.
Tell us about your business.
We opened The Brunch House of Augusta on Monday, Feb. 1. We have a family-style restaurant, which specializes in homemade southern breakfast dishes.
We sort of started off of a whim. My partner and I realized a void in our area as it pertains to brunch. One day we checked out a recently vacated restaurant, and the plans unfolded from there. We bootstrapped everything from the start.
We also provide catering and plan to offer family meals.
What struggles have you overcome while being an entrepreneur?
My main struggles have been obtaining funding for my business, navigating the pandemic and finding enough time in the day to do everything.
What skills did you acquire while you were a student that prepared you to lead a business?
Being a successful student requires you to be organized, which is also essential in business. Being a psychology major, I believe I can motivate my employees to perform to the best of their ability while empathizing with customers and employees to defuse certain situations that may arise.
What lessons have you learned along the way?
I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Each day presents a new challenge, especially in the restaurant business. I’ve also learned to be patient and plan everything to avoid costly mistakes.
What sets your business apart from others?
For starters, we’re one of two Black-owned full-service restaurants in the area. With our unique taste, we provide a service/atmosphere that no other small business in this area provides.
What advice do you have for current students?
Give 110% with everything you do. The world doesn’t give you a thing, so you must take advantage of every opportunity.