20 Questions with the founder of Yard House

August 27, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Editor's note: The following is a set of 20 questions with Yard House founder Steele Platt.

Q: You said you wrote a business plan in 1994 called the Yard House while tending bar in Huntington Beach. The Yard House sold to Darden Restaurants for $585 million, and your last day with the company is Wednesday. How does that feel?

A: I personally feel a sense of accomplishment and that a specific goal in my life was achieved, and that was to create a national brand restaurant. I had that goal in my freshman year in college going to restaurant school at the University of Denver. In a way it is surreal in that it seemed like only yesterday the first Yard House opened in Long Beach in 1996. Time has really flown by so fast. But there are now definite bookends on this chapter in my life. Other than that I am so proud of all the Yard House employees who worked so hard over the past 17 years to make the brand so successful. I will miss waking up and going to sleep "Yard House" every day.


Q: What will you miss the most about the Yard House?

A: I loved the day-to-day business, the emails, the phone calls, etc. Every day there was something happening: new locations, design, new menu items, making a new music playlist. It will seem very strange for me to wake up now and have absolutely nothing to do with Yard House like I have been doing the past 18 years.

Q: What's next on your to-do list?

A: Pretty much just do nothing other than focus on working out, playing more golf and traveling between my homes. I am sure something new will present itself in the not-too-distant future.

Q: What's your most prized possession?

A: I don't know if it's a possession, but my most prized person is my 9-year-old son.

Q: Fantasy purchase?

A: I have purchased everything I have ever wanted.

Q: What can't you live without?

A: My daily dose of classic rock music. It plays constantly at my house.

Q: Favorite drink?

A: An ice-cold beer, of course.

Q: Biggest regret?

A: That I didn't start the Yard House sooner in my life to have enjoyed it more, being younger.

Q: Cause that you're most interested or involved in?

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