“There are a lot of entrepreneurs in the area who have done this before and they just helped point me in the right direction or just gave me advice. And it’s been awesome,” Fraser said.
For Fraser, the biggest challenges don’t come from the traditional problems of business owners; they mostly come from the pandemic. Things like hiring staff and dealing with ever-changing food costs and supply chain issues have been his struggles. In fact, Farrar’s can only serve dinner due to staffing issues. But Fraser hopes to bring lunch back in the spring.
The pandemic didn’t stop her from buying the restaurant, though.
“I know the community loves this place and will always be here as long as it’s a great place with great food and great people,” she said. “To see at the start of the pandemic, when all the restaurants were closed, how supportive the community was was incredible.
“And that kind of put a lot of those doubts in my mind.”
Fraser doesn’t feel like she’s 23, she says. She has friends in their 50s. Her clients call her an old soul and say she is wise beyond her years. Still, she said she was energized by her age rather than intimidated by it. Her plans for Farrar are mostly to keep it the same, but she’s hoping to update some things and pivot to changing the neighborhood and making the restaurant more family-friendly, while maintaining the bar.
McFeron encourages other young adults to start their own businesses.
“Just listen to your heart and go for it,” she said. “Honestly, in your twenties, a lot of things that you think you have to lose, you don’t.
“It’s really tough. A lot of tears and a lot of blood and sweat, but it’s definitely worth it on the other side.