Sisters go from employees to owners at The Cheese Board

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Like many restaurants, the Cheese Board has undergone a variety of changes over the years.

For starters, its name no longer truly applies. The name dates back to its days as a wine and cheese shop at the Arlington Gardens Mall, where it opened five years before its move to its California Avenue location in 1986.

It’s now become a lunch restaurant where you will find things like salads and sandwiches. But that’s not the only change.

Sisters Krista Kintop Phillips and Caitlin Kintop Fletcher have a worked for a combined two decades at the restaurant, and in late March they bought it from the previous owner, Debbie Branby

“I think it was always in the back of my mind,” says Fletcher. “So when the right opportunity presented itself we brought it to the attention of the owner and she loved it.”

Going from employees to owners is not a shift that is made by many, and not an easy transition. Professor David Croasdell specializes in entrepreneurship at UNR’s school of business, and he says the change will be rewarding, but demanding.

“When you go to work in the business as opposed to going to work on the business there are a lot more considerations,” he said. “Typically, entrepreneurs have a high tolerance for risk, ambiguity, being a self-starter, working hard, it’s not an 8-to-5 job, understanding that if you don’t do the work you don’t get paid.”

The Cheese Board is primarily a lunch restaurant, and many of its customers who enjoy their food, never go inside the shop to do it, opting instead to get it delivered – something that is offered for bigger orders.

“We don’t do little sandwich drop-offs, but rather big corporate deliveries,” said Phillips. "Lunchtime catering for business lunches. We do everything from sandwiches to salads, to lasagna to chicken Marsala; we really have a good range of the spectrum.”

To find out about the Cheese Board's catering options, click here