We had the good fortune of connecting with Robbie Metcalf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robbie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This is something we’ve only really started even thinking about. Maybe that’s part of being in our 30s now, cuz we there was no such thing as balance in our 20s LOL. We were fully in it trying to figure out how to make a bag from it however possible. Two of us owners have been sober 5+ years now, and with that has definitely come awareness of the importance of balance in our lives. We gotta have time for ourselves to rest, to adventure, to have fun and play while keeping our eye on the prize, grinding away on projects, chasing these dreams.
What should our readers know about your business?
HOF was founded in 2008 in the midst of the economic collapse at the time. We were throwing house parties in empty houses that owners would rent out to us for extra money. Those house parties evolved into warehouse parties and eventually into legitimate venues. Throughout those early years we accumulated a large Twitter and Instagram following of loyal party-goers.
In 2015, we threw our first real festival, #HOFDAY, on the river front in West Sacramento with the Tower Bridge and the Pyramid as the backdrop. #HOFDAY grew over the next few years and got us into taking over nights at local bars and clubs and doing weekly parties at smaller spaces.
Fast forward a few years later, we met the owners of Tiger, Sonny & Dave, who were struggling to get people in the door. We first assisted them in getting their entertainment program off the ground and took over all of Tiger’s Entertainment and Marketing. Tiger was just starting to really boom before the pandemic hit. Coming out of the pandemic though in early 2021, HOF took over the General Management at Tiger.
That pretty much brings us here, now, where HOF, with the onboarding of our friends at Last Supper Society, has finally made Tiger’s vision a reality; A dynamic Restaurant & Lounge right in the heart of Downtown Sacramento, just steps away from the Golden 1 Center arena, where dining, libations, and dancing coexist in harmony.
There’s been many challenges along the way, but we meet every week to identify problems and find solutions. But what’s without a doubt the most important lesson we’ve learned along the way, is clearly defining what Tiger is as a product, as an offering, as an experience, and sticking to that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, of course, one of the nights you gotta do Tiger. For both dinner and for the DJs that come on after 10pm. LowBrau on Mondays for Motown Mondays. Darling Aviary for the views and the vibes. Late night donuts at Marie’s. Hangover breakfast burritos at Oscar’s. Gotta go for a walk around Old Sac. Catch a Kings game. Hit the Midtown Farmer’s Market. Check out The Butterscotch Den. Eat sushi at Kru. Shoot… That’s all we can think of off top at this moment. But @sacramento365 keeps us plugged on other fun touristy activities happening in the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dedicated to our Sacramento community, whom without, HOF and Tiger would be nothing!