Lady opens 3rd Las Vegas eatery after conquering dependency– Las Vegas Review-Journal

Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye Chef Natalie Young postures for picture at her Summerlin restaurant, Consume, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Las

Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye Chef Natalie Young pauses during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at her Summerlin dining establishment, Consume, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye Scrawled above the gleaming, stainless-steel kitchen area in chalkboard-like print,”authenticity” and”integrity”are the first 2 words Consume Summerlin patrons see.The words, in addition to expressions”be kind,””do much better”and “do you,”belong to

owner Natalie Young’s day-to-day vernacular. There’s a factor the words resonate with Young: She has recuperated after her life struck rock bottom almost two decades earlier, when she was fired amid a debilitating drug addiction.Young, 53, opened Consume Summerlin in June; she also owns Eat in downtown Las Vegas

and Chow, a catering and events space that’s likewise downtown.” I feel like I’m actually blessed that I get to have the opportunities that I’ve had,” Young stated.

‘Rock bottom’

The Natalie Young of 17 years earlier, fresh off being fired from a leading restaurant in Telluride, Colorado, never ever would have believed it possible.

“I simply kind of hit rock bottom,” she stated. “I was more interested in getting drugs than going to work.”

Being fired was a life-saving wake-up call, Young said, after cocaine addiction had grasped her for the better part of 15 years. She couldn’t control or weep her way back into the job.

“I woke up the next day, when I actually lost the task, and I thought, ‘I’m going to pass away if I do not get out,'” she said.With assistance from good friends, Young got a task with a limo service for a couple of weeks. It sufficed for her to conserve cash and go to Las Vegas for a two-month stint in rehab, followed by a four-year stretch at a sober-living home.

“For me … once I start, I cannot stop, no matter what it is,” Young stated. “So if it’s alcohol, and I have a couple of beverages, or a few shots, then I desire to go get coke. I’ll do anything if I begin, so I just do not begin; I remain stopped. For 17 years, it’s worked.”

When that part of her life stopped, another flourished.Discipline Young invested her firstseven years

in Las Vegas working at the Eiffel Tower Dining Establishment at Paris Las Vegas. The self-taught chef selected up on classic French cooking techniques.She likewise learned discipline, she stated, and went from being the restaurant’s very first female broiler cook to a sous-chef a year after she ended up being sober.Young likewise discovered organisation skills.”Without them, I would not have the ability to do what I do today,”she said.After a number of years operating at other dining establishments with mixed outcomes–“Without those bad experiences, I wouldn’t know what to look out for,”Young said– she caught a break.Young received a$225,000 loan from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to open Eat in 2012 as part of the Hsieh’s$350 million financial investment in the Downtown Project.Young designed whatever in her restaurant, consisting of the chairs, light components and menu.She struggled economically for months after opening and obtained money from friends to obtain by, she stated. But a little more than a year later, with service thriving, she repaid Hsieh.Roger Thomas, a friend and the executive vice president of Wynn Design & Advancement, applauded Young’s authenticity.” What you see is exactly what you get with Natalie, and we all enjoy it,”he said.Contact Natalie Bruzda at!.?.! or 702-477-3897. Follow @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.Where to go Eat Summerlin 1910 Town Center Circle Eat 707 E. Carson Ave.Chow 1020 Fremont Street