Too Young To Fall In Love With Owning A Pita Restaurant?
“I’ve worked for Pita Pit for seven years,” says Graszat, who is now 25 “I was originally going to dental school, but I got to know my customers and the product over the years and ended up falling in love with Pita Pit.
Four years ago, Erin Graszat was working part-time at Pita Pit in Canada, when her boss nominated her to take part in competition at Pita Pit’s headquarters in Kingston, Ontario.
Graszat thought that the grand prize was a corporate regional manager position, but she was actually awarded her very own Pita Pit franchise in Hamilton, Ontario.
At the time that she competed, she had already considered opening a store with her boss.
According to Erin, a lot of it comes down to attitude!
“It all comes down to how good your customer service is, how well you can run a restaurant and how you can inspire people on both sides of the counter,” she says. “You have to be a leader, be positive, and guide everyone with you.”
Yes this coming out of the mouth of a millennial, she’s only in her twenties and is speaking like a polished restaurant entrepreneur baby boomer!
“I’m an extremely happy and confident person. You have to wake up in the morning, count your blessings and go inspire the people you work with,” she says. “For me, I think it’s easy, but for a lot of people, it’s not. You have to have the mental attitude that your store is only going to be as successful as you want it to be, which can mean putting in 12 to 15 hours a day, seven days a week. Whatever it takes to get their restaurant to where it needs to be.”
She was only 18 when she began working at the Pita Pit!
Seven years later, she has her own store!
“Young people can do whatever they set their mind to. Anything is possible, but you have to believe in yourself and be all in.” She has no regrets about her chosen career. “I get to do what I love to do every single day,” she said.
What a story!
I guess there is some truth to “it’s never too early or too late to start your own restaurant.”
If you want to read about other young entrepreneurs succeeding in the industry check out the article where I discovered Erin Graszat.
Well let’s switch gears and talk about people who felt that they were not “Too Old” to start a restaurant.
The woman who is famed for bringing French food to the American masses never actually tasted the European cuisine until she was 36.
Working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) where she was stationed in a post-war France, Julia became obsessed with the food and began studying how to perfect it for herself before going on to host The French Chef aged 51.
Many people may not know who Ray Kroc is, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t one of the most successful people in America.
Kroc was a 52-year-old travelling salesperson for many years and was working for a milkshake maker when he met the McDonalds brothers who ran a restaurant.
It was Kroc who suggested the company could expand across America and franchise its name out, and the restaurant became the fast-food giant that is McDonalds.
Sanders ran through a gamut of odd jobs in his lifetime until he tried to set up a fried chicken business when he was 65. The original attempt failed, but that didn’t stop him. He started using his social security checks to fund his venture and had the idea of franchising it.
It took off, and Kentucky Fried Chicken was born.
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