A chance meeting and great determination propelled Scott Kammerer’s rise in the restaurant business

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the Holiday 2017 issue

NotableLocalKammerer Recipe for Success - Delaware Beach LifeScott Kammerer and Matt Haley first met on the steps of Epworth United Methodist Church, which at the time was in Rehoboth Beach. Both men were heading to a meeting there of the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous.
“Matt had just come to town,” Kammerer says. “I had never met him. But he looked at me and he said, ‘I’m going to start a restaurant empire. You want to join me?’”
Kammerer, then in his late 20s, told Haley he was already the general manager of a restaurant, Jake’s Seafood House in Rehoboth Beach. “OK,” Haley replied. “Then I’m going to come watch you.”
True to his word, Haley showed up soon after their conversation. “It was in the middle of July and we were really busy,”
Kammerer recalls. “We probably served 800 dinners that day. But he came and he hung out with me, and everywhere I went, he was there checking me out. He kept asking me questions and at the end of the day, he said that he thought that we should work together. ‘We could do really great things,’ he said.”

Kammerer went home and told his wife, Lisa, about Haley and his plans to build a restaurant empire. “We had two kids at the time and she said, ‘Absolutely not.’ I had a job, we were doing well, and things could stay that way, she said.”

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