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Jon Seelbinder of The Local Icon shares his story
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March 16, 2017 12:16 PM PDT
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Jon owns The Local Icon (www.thelocalicon.com) a very successful hospitality in Raleigh, N.C. Since 2012 he and his team have opened six concepts, and all of them are very popular and admired. This is a long and GREAT interview. We talk about very wide range of topics, and I would have asked more questions but I wanted to respect his time. We may even need to do a part II for this interviews! You'll be inspired by Jon's palpable entrepreneurial drive and appreciate his authenticity. Enjoy...
Paul Holder shares his story
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March 15, 2017 09:38 AM PDT
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Paul left Georgetown University in the early 2000's with degrees in marketing and international business and a different plan than his friends who were heading to NYC to get into investment banking. He started bar tending and that led to a successful career in the restaurant business that has spanned 15 years, including the last 12 as owner. Paul co-owns both Town Hall and Sixth Engine, successful restaurants in the competitive restaurant scene in our nation's capital. He and his partners have a third restaurant on the way, and in this interview Paul shares advice and lessons learned over the years. He's an extremely sharp guy and if you are interested in what it takes to be a successful restaurant owner, you don't want to miss this interview!
Andrew Rasizer of B2 Bistro + Bar shares his story
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February 13, 2017 11:33 AM PST
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Andrew co-owns B2 Bistro + Bar in Red Bank, NJ (http://www.b2bistro.com). He grew up around the restaurant business and started working in it when he was fourteen. After attending the Culinary Institute of America and running restaurants for nine years, he had an opportunity to join his partner Cesare "Chez" De Chellis and start his own restaurant. Andrew shares what he loves about the business, lessons learned over the years, and plans for the future. A great interview! Enjoy...
Charlie Barone shares his story
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January 30, 2017 12:43 PM PST
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Charlie started washing dishes at age 14 in Buffalo, NY and soon fell in love with the hustle and bustle of the restaurant world. After leaving Buffalo for what he thought was for good many years ago and finding success in the highly competitive Chicago restaurant and bar scene, he returned home in 2013 and owns to successful restaurants with more on the way. Charlie talks about loyalty, hard work, passion for the business and mistakes to avoid if you want to pursue "the beast." Enjoy...
The story of Provision Concepts
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January 24, 2017 10:09 AM PST
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Aaron Soward tells the story of going from a school to a chain to co-founding Provision Concepts with his long-time friend and colleague, Jeff Dixon. Today they own three very successful concepts in Oklahoma City, each with one location and two of them with a second location coming soon. As always, this is a great story from a bold entrepreneur in the independent restaurant world. Enjoy...
The Story of Liberty Market
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January 16, 2017 10:50 AM PST
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Kiersten Traina is co-owns the very popular and successful Liberty Market in Gilbert, AZ. Started at the height of recession in 2008, Liberty Market was built on the guiding principles of having a passion for the food and serving with a servant's heart. Kiersten shares how those unchanging principles, along with the willingness to hold nothing else sacred, has helped her and her team building a single location business that is admired by her peers and has amazing staff loyalty. Enjoy...
Michael Chernow shares his story
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November 29, 2016 01:08 PM PST
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Michael and Daniel Holzman started The Meatball shop in NYC in 2010 and it quickly grew to six locations and gained national attention. Now he's back at it with Seamore's in Brooklyn, and he was kind enough to take some time to share his story. Michael is a passionate, hard working guy who absolutely loves the restaurant business. Find out why...
Successful and admired owner Shawn Wilfong shares his story
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November 29, 2016 09:06 AM PST
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Shawn owns Leroy Fox, Mortimer's, and Cowbell in Charlotte, N.C. He is one of the most respected and successful restaurant owners in the city, and he is a genuinely great guy. He shares his story of a life in the restart business and what philosophies and and his team operate with to ensure success for their restaurants. Enjoy...
Lisa Siegel and the story of Riverside Market
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November 18, 2016 11:12 AM PST
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Lisa and her husband Julian started The Riverside Market & Cafe in 2010 with no restaurant experience. They ignored conventional wisdom, and trusted their instincts, doing things such as implementing a honor system bottled beer and having no TVs in a place you would expect to have TVs. Riverside quickly became one of the most popular and highly rated restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, precisely because they did things differently. The couple has since opened Craft Beer Cartel and a second Riverside, with a third Riverside on the way. Lisa shares the journey here. Enjoy...
Steve Palmer tells his story
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November 15, 2016 09:59 AM PST
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Steve started working in a restaurant when he was 13 and has been at at for almost 35 years. Today he owns The Indigo Road Restaurant Group in Charleston, S.C. with seven concepts and 13 locations. Here's his story...

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