"Necessity is where creativity thrives"

Angela Salamanca came to the U.S. from Colombia, South America in 1993 as a 17-year-old rent high school graduate. She went to work for her uncle, who owned a popular Mexican restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. By 2007, she was planning the opening of a new restaurant with that same uncle, when he suddenly left the…

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"It takes discipline to stay simple"

Cris Eddings co-owns Chuck’s Fish (two locations) and 5 Bar (five locations). His restaurants are very popular and very highly rated. He and his team follow their own compasses and don’t pay attention to conventional wisdom when it doesn’t align with what they believe. So they do things like raising the minimum wage for non-tipped…

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"My lack of experience helped"

Rob Ward and his three business partners started Cantina 76 in Columbia, S.C. in November, 2009. They had no experience owning restaurants, and not much experience in the restaurant business at all. They now have two locations and recently opened Za’s Brickoven Pizza. Their restaurants are successful and well-liked in Columbia, and it was fun…

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