If you catch a glimpse of the lines written by the bar inside Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap, which I review this week, you might think Clay Markwell found more than a new career when he left advertising. But in this case, "May God bless and keep you always" points not to a rebirth, but to one of Markwell's favorite songs: "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan.
"If you've ever taken the time to read the lyrics, [they're] poetic and how I want to live my life," Markwell explains.
What isn't so poetic, however, is what it takes to open your own restaurant. "Reality stinks a little bit," Markwell laments via phone. "I'm here open to close every day, except for Sunday."
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But even on the longest of days when he doesn't feel like he can "build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung," as Dylan sings, Markwell still thinks a long day in the kitchen still beats any day in advertising.