Matthew Borwick lives in the present while possessing the understanding that tomorrow is never promised.
“I do not sweat the small stuff because life is too short to do that,” said the owner of Ollie’s Restaurant and the Atrium Restaurant in Kingston.
Borwick graduated from Shippensburg University with a BSBA in business marketing. After college he returned home and started working at a nearby casino to pay off student debt and quickly found out that he wanted to be in business for himself. With a great passion for food and having grown up working in restaurants from a very young age, eventually an opportunity presented itself to purchase an existing local restaurant - The Atrium Restaurant. He had been in business for more than five years there when another opportunity presented itself for him to take on a much bigger restaurant down the road - Ollie’s.
“I have now been here for a little over a year and we strive everyday to serve great food at a affordable price,” he says.
Borwick began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, anything and everything he could do to help his local community with housing projects. Then after purchasing Ollie’s Restaurant, he took on a very serious role in a program called “Dinners for Kids.”
The previous owners of Ollie’s Restaurant created the program and remains very much involved.
“Here at Ollie’s we provide the food, we prepare the food, volunteers package the food and then ultimately deliver the meals to children who otherwise might not have any food to eat. We are constantly looking to expand our program to other areas and encourage other people to get involved in the community to try and alleviate child hunger,” says Borwick.
As the owner of two different restaurants, the young man oversees more than 50 employees at both establishments and makes sure day to day operations run smoothly.
“Anything that is needed of me I am there to do. Make deliveries, cook on the line, wash dishes, etc. No job is too small, just good old everyday restaurant management,” he says, laughing.
His first and foremost mentor has been his father who taught him to always work hard and to be kind and compassionate to others.
“He was always there to help me along my journey and I would not be where I am today without him,” he adds.
His second great mentor has been David Tevet, who he continues to learn from him day in and day out about the hard work and dedication it takes to run a successful restaurant as he has done for 35 years in the local community.
He relies on hard work, dedication and a great support system and family in his life to create the successful life.
Borwick also receives support from his wife, Taylor, and children, Zane and Zoey.
“Without them I would not be where I am today,” he emphasized. “They are my motivation and I love them very much.”
The business man was recently nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for young business professionals by the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and has dedicated his time to working for its program “Dinners for Kids.”