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Since its opening this past May, the innovative gallery-restaurant concept, Liquid Art House, has been taking Boston’s restaurant and art scenes by storm.
Ruta Laukien, founder of Liquid Art House, left her former job as an investment banker on Wall Street to pursue her passions of food, wine and art. After years of planning, Laukien was able to bring her art hospitality concept to fruition in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.
And trust us – this 2011 Mass Challenge alum, Back Bay resident and mother of two isn’t slowing down one bit. Here, Laukien tells BostInno how she spends her days juggling work and family life.
How do you spend most mornings?
Early mornings I spend with my two boys (Thomas, 2, and Mark, 10 months) and then my workday – whether that’s meetings at the restaurant or working from home – starts at 8 a.m.
What are the top priorities on your to-do list right now?
Finalizing the install of our new show “Ready-to-Bare” opening next week and refining L.A.H.’s art hospitality concept in-house and for online audiences to spread our message (and sell art) around the globe.
What is the best part and the worst part about your day?
The best part is coming home in the evening and hearing Mommy Mommy Mommy and little feet. The worst part is probably sitting at my Mac at midnight with 300 unread emails staring me in the face. That’s a conservative number.
What do you love most about running Boston’s first gallery-restaurant hybrid, Liquid Art House?
Liquid Art House is always changing. I love the sense of community and its limitless creativity. From physical environment to menus to guests to artists, there is a dynamic here unlike anywhere else in the city.
What’s next for Liquid Art House?
Getting ready for our new art show “Ready-to-Bare” opening next week, prepping for our new lounge installation “PostParty,” conceived by Michael Nedeau and the crew at Party by Design, and our new collaboration with Marc Hall Design for floral chandeliers and other living design. Also, we’re co-launching a new gallery app which is a partnership with Clio Muse.
If you could impart one piece of advice to our readers, what would it be?
If I had to give one piece of advice it would be to believe in yourself. It’s so simple but it’s the most important part of any journey. If you don’t take risks, you’ll never know if you could have succeeded. From law school to Wall Street to opening my own restaurant, I was bombarded by gloom from naysayers. Do be open to advice, but ultimately go with your instincts.
If you weren’t answering my questions, what would you be doing instead?
I’d love to say I’d be getting my hair done, but more than likely I’d be getting my hair pulled by my kids.