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Episode Info: An Interview with Vintner/Restaurateur Joel Gott of Joel Gott Wines and Gott's Roadside - 022 We interrupt our regularly scheduled podcast episode to bring you a look at the restaurant industry from a slightly different perspective today.  Those of you who stop here often know that we profile the best chefs in America.  From master chefs with decades of accomplishment to young chefs molding the culinary landscape in America today.  So far each episode has held true to that specific mission.  Today we depart slightly from that as we have a conversation with Joel Gott.  Gott is a vintner with his own line of Joel Gott Wines and a restaurateur, operating the ever-growing and popular string of Gott's Roadside restaurants. After listening to this interview for a few minutes, I am confident you will see why we decided to bend the rules and interview Joel Gott.  While he never attended culinary school and he doesn't spend the majority of his time running the kitchen at Gott's Roadside or creating new dishes for the menu, he does know good food.  After following in his family footsteps in the wine business, Gott and his brother, Duncan, heard about a roadside eatery in St. Helena that was up for lease.  The pair were already running a successful grocery in the Napa Valley as Joel also continued to build his wine brand.  Embracing their ever-present entrepreneurial spirit, the pair leased the 50-year old roadside establishment and opened it in 1999.  The roadside stand had been run by the Taylor family since it opened in 1949 and the Gott brothers kept the name intact, calling the place Taylor's Automatic Refresher. The Gott brothers wanted to have quick service food, but with a gourmet twist.  More than a simple burger joint, Joel and Duncan Gott built the business around menu items like a grilled Ahi Burger, Ahi Poke Fish Tacos, handmade burgers from all vegetarian fed local beef and more gourmet dishes.  The restaurant also offers diners the chance to pair wine and beer with their meals.  Gott said in our interview that he values the chance to pay homage to the roadside diner, while providing a high quality, cooked to order product. The restaurant thrived and Joel and his brother decided to open another location in 2004 when they opened a stand in the Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco.  Known as a haven of specialty food shops, the second location boomed.  Eventually, the Gott brothers added locations in Napa and a fourth location th
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