I’m thinking of opening a pizza parlor based on one I used to visit as a child, some 20+ years ago.
The place, called Angelo’s, was owned and operated by a genuine New York Italian transplant named Pat. He served the best tasting pizza that I have ever had in my life. Nothing before or since even comes close.
Well, just so happens my first cousin’s husband used to work at that restaurant, and last time I spoke with him he says he still remembers Pat’s recipes for the pizza sauce and dough.
My question is an ethical one: What would be fair to offer him in exchange for these recipes if I intend to use them commercially? He’d probably give them to me for free, but I feel like I’d owe him something if I based a business on them.
By the way, the original pizza parlor is long gone, and the owner Pat died many years ago, so I wouldn’t be stepping on his toes either.