Ron Lynch is the Owner and President of Voodoo Daddy’s Steam Kitchen in Tempe. Ron has been in the restaurant business for almost 30 years, putting 106 Schlotzsky’s Deli restaurants in the Southwest many years ago. He sold those back to Schlotzsky’s Inc. and then opened his own franchise concept, Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery. He opened almost 100 pub’s in 13 years and sold that company about a year and a half ago. His newest restaurant, Voodoo Daddy’s, is a fast casual Cajun Creole themed restaurant. Learn more about Ron Lynch…
Hometown: I am from Norman, Oklahoma. After my dad left the military my family settled in Norman Oklahoma where I attended grade school through high school. I was fortunate enough to be a good enough basketball player to earn an athletic scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. While there I earned a business degree with a major study in Accounting.
First Job: I had many part time jobs like mowing yards, selling cokes at the Oklahoma University football games. My first real job was in a restaurant called “Kings Food Host” where I bussed tables, washed dishes, and car hopped.
Favorite Arizona Restaurant: My favorite Arizona Restaurant is “Vincitorio’s” Italian Restaurant in Tempe. I love the great pasta dishes. My favorite is Capellini Campagnola. I enjoy visiting with the owners Mario and Ginger.
Person who has impacted your life the most: The person who impacted me the most is my dad. He instilled in me the values I have today. He was very much the entrepreneur. He believed that I could do anything. Therefore I strived my hardest to meet those expectations.
Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: I have had accomplishments in my life that I am proud of such as playing basketball for a division one school, starting my own successful restaurant concept “Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery”, but I my biggest accomplishment is my family. My wife, two great daughters, and supper grandkids that support me in whatever venture I am into.
Someone who inspires you: It is hard not to find someone that does not inspire me. From my dad who originally inspired me. Teachers that have genuinely shared their experiences both good and bad, and my wife who everyday is the glue that keeps our family close.
Favorite quote: “The Man in the Arena” by Teddy Roosevelt
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood:
Who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause;
Who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Pick one or more people that are successful in the restaurant business and work and study under them “Apprentice if you will.” Ask questions and show interest, they will be flattered and be more than willing to share their knowledge.
What you think makes someone fabulous: I think people who are authentic are fabulous people. To genuinely know someone, make them very interesting.