Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Lauren Bailey is the CEO and Co-Founder of Upward Projects, based out of Phoenix, AZ. Lauren knew she wanted to be a restaurateur while mixing a drink at a bar on Martha's Vineyard in her early 20's. She got a job at PF Chang's when that concept had only 2 locations. She then returned to her hometown of Phoenix and began working in fine dining restaurants, and she even worked with Sam Fox Restaurant Concepts. She finally opened her first restaurant, Postino, with her business partner Craig Demarco. Today Upward Projects has 32 restaurants in 10 cities across 5 states with 1,900 employees. The company hit 100 million dollars in sales last year. 

Favorite success quote/mantra: "The brain works really well at talking you out of things, so you need to talk yourself into things."

In this episode we will discuss: 

  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Opening restaurants
  • Scaling
  • FOH
  • Business coaches
  • Partnerships
  • Raising capital

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