Joe fell in love with the restaurant business at an early age, but it took him until he was 40 years old to realize his dream of owning his own restaurant. He started his career in the corporate offices of a national chain, but he soon grew weary of only being concerned with the money side of the business. He missed the people side.
So after 18 years in Texas, Joe and his family made the move to Colorado to take over the Chick-fil-A in Castle Rock in 2008. And it was a bit like coming home for them, after vacationing as a family in Colorado every summer.
Joe is a firm believer in his restaurant being a place where folks can gather together over a good meal at the end of a long day.
“The root of the word ‘restaurant’ is ‘restore.’ A restaurant is supposed to be a place of restoration for people in the community,” says Joe. “We’re bigger than just a restaurant; we’re a place of restoration and a place of relationship.”
Finding Community Over Chicken
There’s something special about small-town life. Football games on Friday nights, community events throughout the year, and just being able to walk into your local coffee shop and see a room of friendly faces — that’s why we love it here in Castle Rock.
At Chick-fil-A Castle Rock, we believe in the importance of doing our part to make our community an even better place. That’s why you’ve probably seen us and our Cows all over town.
Like the Turkey Rock Trot in downtown Castle Rock, where we got to fuel 3,000 runners with a delicious chicken sandwich. And the Castle Rock Starlighting at Christmastime, or the Ducky Derby, Taste of Douglas County and the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo Parade. You may have even seen our operator, Joe Weber, teaching a class for small-business owners at the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, teaching them about how to serve customers well.
We also love to partner with the schools, churches and other organizations and help them achieve their fundraising goals through Spirit Nights here at the restaurant.
A Place to Flourish
When team members come to work here at Chick-fil-A Castle Rock, they quickly find that it feels more like family than just a job. They get to work alongside friends instead of co-workers, and they have the opportunity to work for someone who is more of a mentor than just a boss.
And when someone can learn and grow and be nurtured where they work, we believe that will benefit them for the rest of their life.
Team members also love the opportunity to get to work directly with our operator, Joe. They get to learn more about what it means to be a business owner, a leader and to serve people well. And when a 16-year-old comes in for his or her first job, we think that’s valuable lesson to be able to learn.