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9401 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina,27617
The Angus Barn is an American steakhouse restaurant serving fine dining cuisine including in-house aged steaks, fresh NC seafood, local grown vegetables and homemade desserts prepared by Iron Chef America winner, Walter J. Royal, and his staff. The Barn hosts ... more.
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame | Raleigh, NC
Van Eure - Owner, Angus Barn, Inc., Raleigh
A Place of Hospitality - Bonus Package
You'll get the Management Insight Series (MIS) interview with Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC where we discuss operations and the practices that have made Angus barn a continual market leader.
A few years ago, Van was honored as the IFMA Gold Plate winner, officially recognizing her as the best restaurateur in the country!
Careers represented at the event ranged from molecular genetics to entrepreneurship to military to writing. “My favorite presentation was finance,” senior Lyndon Stacy said. “The presentation from the Edward Jones people was entertaining and it reflected my preferred career path.” Representatives from various careers provided information about the qualifications needed to enter a field, paths people can take to advance in those careers, and what a typical day looks like. Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn, gave students a glimpse into the restaurant industry. “I taught them that hospitality is about making memories,” she said. “I felt very welcomed, and two students even asked about applying for an on-call position.” Many students discovered career options in fields they had not considered before.
North Raleigh Christian Academy
Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn, gave students a glimpse into the restaurant industry.
"I taught them that hospitality is about making memories," she said. "I hope the students realized that whatever you do, in order to do it right, it is hard work, but when you are serving others you are 'giving back,'" Eure said.
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Van attests, "There are not many men on this earth who can look back and say they lived their entire life following a creed of integrity."
One of the nurses who cared for Alice in her final days eloquently told Van, "In the 25 years that I've been a nurse, I've never been as impressed with anyone as I was your mother. "Her caring and compassion made a tremendous difference," Van remembers, "Those who knew her considered themselves lucky. There was nobody like her. She was a true lady. Van Eure She was cut from the cloth of great statesmen and entrepreneurs from whom she inherited her pure, stubborn optimism. Tell her it can't be done, but get out of her way. She'll prove that it can, flashing you a blinding smile. She's the first one standing at "The Star-Spangled Banner. She's a patriot who champions the privilege of voting. While her peers knew the care freeness of youth, Van tackled a myriad of jobs that instilled a lifelong work ethic. From janitorial to waitressing, she learned life skills. There was no car in the driveway when her 16th birthday arrived. She understood her parents' law: If you can work, you can buy your own car! For all of her parents' success, there were no spoils; only responsibilities. Although she was raised southern, Van's spirit was nomadic. After college, there was no other course but to flee the world of conveniences. She found her new world on the African continent where she climbed Mt. Kenya. She fell in love with Kenya, establishing a Montessori-type school where she taught children who still adore her to this day. After five years, the expatriate returned to her roots. When the Wild Turkey Lounge opened, Van bartended, thinking that it would be a temporary job - ha! Instead, she began to see her father and the restaurant business in a new light. It was a blessing they finally had a chance to establish a deep respect for one another because tragically in September of 1988, Thad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, leaving Van thwarted at the prospect of losing him and carrying on his king-sized legacy. "Big Red" became her new calling, and Van immersed herself in work, slowly beginning to make her individual mark. She followed her father's philosophy of hospitality but sought her own unique style of management. She based her management paradigm on the belief that empowering her team to make their own decisions would boost morale and steepen loyalty. And it worked! She also became a student of Ken Blanchard, the famous author of The One Minute Manager. As her leadership grew firmly rooted, she found herself surrounded with exceptional loyalty. Today, it's easier to get a job with the FBI than the Barn. At a mere 14%, employee turnover is exceptionally low. Van requires each job candidate to be thoroughly screened. Respect for fellow team members, guests and the values for which the Angus Barn stands is simply not optional. One of the most important, enduring examples of respect for guests is documented in an episode of the CBS series 48 Hours on "Customer Service. Unbeknownst to Van and to her team, a reporter wearing a hidden camera posed as "the guest from hell" one evening. She complained about every detail. Although the team rallied with solutions and smiles, the reporter persisted. Finally Van approached to extend further diplomacy. To her great surprise, she learned the purpose of the reporter's visit. The reporter's verdict: the Angus Barn was the perfect example of customer service. Wife, Mother and Crusader Van was not the first workaholic in the family, but she was the first Eure to be married to a restaurant rather than a human. Van became part of a three-member family that included Steve's son, Christopher. They made the perfect family as Van had fallen madly for Christopher, too. When Van and Steve built The Pavilion, they moved closer to fulfilling her parents' dreams of expansion. The monumental loss of her mother affected Van powerfully and therefore, when she began to feel lethargic, she assumed it was only a reaction to her profound grief. And then, just when her life could not become any more tumultuous, Van shockingly discovered these symptoms were normal because she was expecting - at age 44! Ali and Chris are frequent fixtures at the Angus Barn working with Van and Steve. Inheriting Alice's deep compassion, to date, Van has rescued swans, fawns, llamas, wild ponies, horses, a pot-bellied pig, and more dogs and cats than you'd find in an area shelter. In 1998 Van learned the story of a quarter horse named Cheyenne who, while in a trainer's care, was severely beaten. Van was outraged when she learned that the trainer was only convicted of a misdemeanor, and she would not rest until the legislature passed a felony cruelty statute. Hence she formed The Cheyenne Foundation whose mission is to provide funds for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Jill Highsmith comments of her boss and dear friend, "The Beatles wrote the song 'Eight Days a Week' and every time I hear it, it reminds me of Van because she thinks of others all the time, eight days a week. Like her father, Van is a builder of people, too. She loves facing a challenge every day that takes her out of her comfort zone, just as she did that fateful day that Thad challenged her to learn "Big Red. Thankfully for us all, she accepted. The future still holds countless dreams and challenges. With her brave optimism, Van invites you to join her in writing the finest chapters yet in Angus Barn history. It was while Steve was at WRDU that the gradual, steady intersection of the lives of Steve and Van began. Van ecstatically accepted his offer because the Foundation had long needed a media sponsor. As an added bonus, his undeniable zest, charisma and resonant voice led him to become the emcee for ever-increasing crowds who now will not accept another emcee. Steve eventually found himself a single father whose future appeared as career-driven and devoid of romance as Van's. Neither Steve nor Van were looking for a relationship but fate held other plans for them. As their courtship continued, Steve realized just how important Van's "work family," mainly her managers, were to her and that they might someday become a greater part of his own life. In actuality, Alice blessed Steve by telling him that he was the perfect complement to Van because he was the only man who could handle her. As Van's assistant, Jill Highsmith, put it, "There wasn't a dry eye in the Barn the moment Van said 'yes' to Steve." Due to Alice's prognosis, Van and Steve decided to shorten their engagement and to make their wedding a quaint, intimate occasion in Alice's front yard. Steve's three-year-old son, Christopher, was not only the ring bearer in the wedding, he took vows with Van and Steve. Luckily for Van, he said 'yes' when asked if he would accept Van into his life. Steve and Van first imagined expanding the Angus Barn experience, adding a new dining facility by the lake on the Angus Barn property that would cater to groups of 100 to 350.