HGBA Spotlight: Ryan Pell

Ryan Pell
Out of the Blue
5005 Wellington Road, Gainesville
P: 571-284-6350 E: ryan@outoftheblue.restaurant │W: outoftheblue.restaurant

 When and why did you decide to start your own restaurant? 

We decided to start Out of the Blue to bring what we love to the community that we love. We live in the Gainesville/Haymarket area and wanted to bring good food in a fun and energetic atmosphere to our neighbors.  

How does your business serve the local community?

We have many networking groups that meet at Out of the Blue on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. We also have several local businesses that host informational lunch or dinner seminars here, as well company happy hours and client appreciation events. In addition, we partner with groups like the local Rotary club to host fundraisers, food drives and school supply drives. We’re particularly proud to host Military Appreciation Mondays the first Monday of the month, eight months out of the year. A local business sponsors the event, matches the sales from the evening, and donates the proceeds to a local military charity. There is also a raffle and auction during the event and those proceeds are as well. 

Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.

One of the greatest moments we’ve had was the day of our two-year anniversary party when we did our Ribbon Cutting. The restaurant was full all day, just packed with people who came out to celebrate with us. It was humbling to see so many turn out to show us their support!  

Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business?

HGBA has referred many people to our restaurant, and hosted several events here. We appreciate all the referrals, and always have so much fun whenever we host an event with them.

What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?

  1. Be open minded!  Be willing to listen to ideas from others, or try things you may not be sure about.  You never know what might “stick” and be a winner for your business. 
  2. Surround yourself with good people.  You’re going to be seeing them a lot, you may as well enjoy their company while you are working with them.
  3. Be ok with delegating responsibility.   As much as we may want to “do it all”, doing it all is a good way to get burnt out and lose your passion for your trade. 

What is your favorite season in this area, and why?

My favorite season in the area is the Fall. I enjoy the cooler weather, the leaves changing color, and all the fun festivals and events that are going on in the area.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?

When we are not at work, we enjoy spending time with our two young children.  

What is your favorite restaurant?

Out of the Blue of course!

What is your favorite local high school sports team?

We currently don’t have a favorite, but I am sure we will once our kids are in high school. 

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?

We have partnered with many nonprofits to host fundraisers at Out of the Blue and we’re always looking for others to work with. Please give us a call if you are a nonprofit looking for a venue to host an event.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?

My first job was in a horse stable. My mother is an equestrian horse training and instructor, so I literally grew up in a barn. It taught me a lot about hard work and responsibility. Taking care of horses is a 24/7, 365 days-a-year gig. I did everything from feeding and grooming, to cleaning stalls and polishing all the equipment (like saddles, bridals, boots, etc.).

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