Get to Know: Katy Kindred

Th co-owner of Kindred restaurant shares her insights on parenting and making a successful business alongside her husband Joe Kindred.

Meet Katy Kindred. She and her husband Joe Kindred, a James Beard Award semifinalist for two consecutive years, own Kindred Restaurant in Davidson. They have three children: Alba, 5, Luca, 3, and Gray, 1.


How long have you lived in Charlotte, and where did you grow up?

We actually live in Davidson. My husband grew up here. I grew up in Chicago. We moved here from San Francisco about seven years ago.


Tell us about your job. What do you like most? What are the challenges?

We own Kindred Restaurant in Davidson and are opening Hello, Sailor in Cornelius. The restaurant business is all we know, and we both love it. We love food and service, but more so we love people and leadership. I think that you can love food all day long, but if you don't love people you should not open a restaurant.
The challenges come with wearing multiple hats and knowing when to take one off — all the way off — and engage in another part of your life. That goes both ways, family to work and work to family.


What’s the hardest part of juggling family life and work life?

I would say it comes less with our kids and more with our marriage. It is so important that we nurture and protect our marriage, and all too often kids and work steal the spotlight. We always remind ourselves that we need to invest a ton of time in our marriage because the business and the kids need us to be strong. It gives peace and security to both when we are healthy and united.


What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

My sister-in-law Meghan, one of my personal heroes, has influenced me in more ways then she even knows. But the best advice she (inadvertently) ever gave me was with regard to raising kids strong in their faith in God, but never naive to the world. Children that celebrate others and celebrate life can influence the world and make a difference all while still connecting with people where they are. Don't raise kids who can't relate to people who are different from them. I want to raise difference makers, and she has shown me it can be done.


What is your favorite thing about raising a child in the Charlotte area?

We love everything about Davidson, but we also love the greater Charlotte area for its diversity. It’s a wonderful gift for our kids and us.


What is your proudest parenting moment?

We homeschool my daughter. We had been talking in school about how expressing gratitude for the people in your life brings joy to you and others. My daughter shared about how she was learning about gratitude in school with her YMCA child watch leader, and then shared how grateful she is to have her in her life.


What is your lowest parenting moment?

Oh, my, I have a lot! I would say when we were out to lunch one time and our daughter, who was 2 at the time, pooped all over herself. Or the fact that we are really struggling to teach our son the difference between peeing in his backyard and pretty much anywhere else that is outdoors.


What are three things that you can’t live without?

Our family time, faith and travel.


Favorite Instagram account:

@kindredrestaurant of course!


Last book you read?

“The BFG” by Roald Dahl with my 5-year-old.


What inspires you?

I am inspired to make a difference in the lives of the people I am privileged to share space and time with. I am inspired to leave it all out on the field in this life to make the world a little bit better then how I found it.