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Food Interview: Abe Furth - Owner Of Woodman's And Verve In Orono, Maine


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02/18/13
 - Interview with Abe Furth - owner of Woodman's and Verve in Orono, Maine.

Dirty Awesome: Who are you and what do you do?

Abe Furth: 
Heather and I are entrepreneurs that fix up old commercial buildings and start and operate restaurants.  So far we've started Woodman's and Verve, and we're opening another Verve this year. 

Dirty Awesome: What made you decide to go into the restaurant business?

Abe Furth: I love the business and the interaction with customers and employees. 

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Dirty Awesome:
 What made you decide to stay in Maine after you graduated?

Abe Furth: 
The people in Maine are the best. I like how friendly and unassuming Mainers are. The physical beauty of Maine is a huge selling point too. And family. And there is a ton of opportunity to get into business and make it in Maine. 

Dirty Awesome: What has been the hardest part about running your business?

Abe Furth: 
The emotional stress of taking that leap and getting a loan for our first business eight years ago, and then the process of opening your first business and putting all your waking hours into it. 

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Dirty Awesome: 
What's been the most rewarding part about running your business?

Abe Furth: Having it work and being able to love doing it. Working together (as a couple). Changing the landscape of our community. 

Dirty Awesome: Are you planning to expand beyond Bangor?

Abe Furth: 
We'll see. We're focusing on Verve in Bangor now, but when the time is right again, we'll keep on creating. 

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Dirty Awesome:
 If you could go back in time, would you have done anything different?

Abe Furth
I would tell my 23 year old self to relax. 

Dirty Awesome: Do you have any advice for any wood-be restaurant owners?

Abe Furth: 
Be prepared to put everything you have into it at first. Find people that you can trust, train them well, and then trust them and take a couple days off. Get as much experience in the industry as you can before you decide to go for it. 

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Dirty Awesome:
 If you could change one thing about Bangor, what would it be?

Abe Furth: 
I'd make Hermon Mountain the size of Sugarloaf and I'd like it if the park next to the parking garage was a nice place.

Dirty Awesome: What's your next project?

Abe Furth
Verve in Bangor!

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