Three founders on what it takes to be in the restaurant business

October 08, 2021 00:35:35
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Three founders on what it takes to be in the restaurant business
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Holly Petre Sam Oches

Show Notes

At CREATE, Spike Mendelsohn, founder of PLNT Burger, Michael Lastoria, founder and CEO of &pizza and James Park, founder of Wing Wok, all sat down with us to gibe their takes on the restaurant industry.

Fresh off panels, the three founders discussed what they admired about each other and what takeaways they got from the event.

The three are friends and big personalities so there was plenty of chatter as well.

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