Where are you from? JH: Hackettstown, New Jersey. Home of M&M's Candies - I used to watch the peanuts dive into the chocolate when I was bored in the summer!
What do you enjoy about the restaurant business? JH: I like the theater of a restaurant. I think there should be an ambience, a feel where you know there is an owner’s vision behind a place and it is not just a chain. Ambience and the quality of the food are the two most-important things. I have started 6 restaurants and 5 of them are still in operation after 30 years. With Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, unlike a chain where customers eat their food for convenience, people search us out for the experience! I am proud I have created a place like that in this community.
Your restaurants are filled with artwork. Where do you get the artistic aspect of your personality? JH: I am a creative person by nature, not an artist, and I am a “Junker”. I like to combine unusual objects together. The same way I create the theater in my restaurants, I created in my house, office and backyard.
If you had a week off where would you go? JH: Anyplace with my Priscilla and I mean anyplace. I could have fun with her anywhere. We like to travel where we know people because it is more fun. Her career with The Bob Pike Group - Training Trainers, requires a lot of travel. So, I try to pick some city she is going to that sounds interesting, somewhere a little bit off the beaten path.
At 62, what are some of your goals? JH: Spend more time with my sons, play bogey golf, travel more with Priscilla and just find some comfortable shoes!