Working in Clark County Peter Dougherty chefrestaurant owner

first_imgWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: [email protected]; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Peter Dougherty knew early in life he wanted to own a restaurant. He first job after culinary school was in the tropics. After that, Dougherty gained restaurant experience working in Portland. He and his wife, Lisa, opened La Bottega in downtown Vancouver eight years ago, and then opened Charlies Bistro across the street three years later. He was raised in a small town and says he likes Vancouver’s small-town feeling. “I wanted a place in my community,” Dougherty says. “My restaurant is a family endeavor.”Name: Peter Dougherty.Job/employer: Peter and his wife, Lisa, own La Bottega, 1905 Main St., and Charlies Bistro, 1220 Main St.Age: 47.Education/professional background: Peter Dougherty entered a culinary school in Portland at 19 and upon graduation in 1987 landed a sous chef job in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He and his wife moved back to the Portland area for the birth of their first child. He wanted experience in the industry before starting his own restaurant. Peter worked as a chef in Portland restaurants and at Skamania Lodge. He opened La Bottega in 2006 and Charlies Bistro in 2009.Residence: Carter Park.One word to describe yourself: Blessed.Most rewarding part of job: Working with my family. My wife worked in the restaurant when we first opened, now runs the home. Our three children work with us. I wanted a place in my community. My restaurant is a family endeavor.Most challenging part of job: Keeping up with industry changes and staff changes is ongoing. It is more and more difficult to run a restaurant as costs go up and there are always new rules. The restaurant is much more about the business side nowadays.last_img read more