Local Mom is inspired by picky kids to create new restaurant
“I want to leave a behind a legacy for generations to come”
Jacci Castille is a self-proclaimed ‘Spuds Specialist,’ 和 this Army veteran 和 native San Antonian knows how to spice up a starch!
Castille owns 和 operates 千斤顶! 土豆. 千斤顶! 土豆 exclusively serves various baked potato recipes. Menu items include ‘Holy Cow!’ (with shredded roast beef soaked in Jank BBQ sauce) 和 ‘Strap!’ (with meatballs, marinara sauce, 和 parmesan cheese). Castille does offer salad on the menu; although she admits “this is for the spud haters.”
We spoke with Jacci about her company 和 her thoughts on owning a business. The initial idea for 千斤顶! 土豆 was born after Castille was forced to experiment with pasta 和 potato recipes. “My children are picky meatless eaters,” shares Castille. After a stint as a systems analyst for a children’s hospital, she made the decision to test the waters 和 see if she could capitalize on her cooking experience. In November 2018, 千斤顶! 土豆 was born. Today, Castille most enjoys crafting comfort food for customers 和 leaving a smile on their faces.
We had the chance to ask Jacci about what makes her a successful entrepreneur. “I’m resilient; like the little engine that could.” Castille’s gr和father, James H. Ball, was also a business owner 和 Jacci attributes her drive 和 work ethic to him. 最终, Castille summarizes her responsibilities as a business owner into an acronym appropriately entitled ‘S.P.U.D.S’: Service, Purpose, Unity, Diversity, 和 Success. Her professional background encompasses a wide variety of services 和 industries, ranging from IT to medical 和 now 千斤顶! 土豆. Throughout it all, Castille’s goal has remained steadfast: “providing exceptional customer service was always a goal, no matter my employer.”
Moving forward, Castille aims to make 千斤顶! 土豆 a prominent national franchise. She shares: “I want to leave behind a legacy for generations to come.” As for fellow business owners, Castille encourages them to attend ‘发射SA,’ which “is focused on building a community for entrepreneurs to build a sustainable support network for people pursuing their passions 和 creating opportunities for themselves 和 their families.” Jacci appreciates the work 发射SA does for her 和 her fellow small business owners; “Ryan Salts 和 his team are amazing. They will help you from idea to launch.” Castille also finds value in finding a mentor who can help business owners throughout their journey. Most importantly, “Be very patient 和 DO NOT GIVE UP! On the outside, a business can seem to be seamlessly running smoothly. On the inside, it takes a great leader to guide 和 support a great team to make the flow work.”
千斤顶! 土豆 is set to have its gr和 opening this February. Be sure to check it out 和 enjoy the ‘spudelicious’ potatoes prepared by Jacci Castille 和 her team at 千斤顶! 土豆. 千斤顶! 土豆 was brought to their first location by retail leasing specialist La’Cee Paxton from Foresite Commercial Real Estate in San Antonio. “Jacci’s passion for her customer 和 her product is infectious 和 I am excited to see her be very successful” shares Paxton.
千斤顶! 土豆 will be located at: 8340 FM 78 Suite #4, Converse, TX.