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Hungry for More

With four food franchises on his plate, this owner reveals his recipe for success.

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This story appears in the August 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Stan Given's fate must have been determined at birth. He was born into a family of quick-service restaurant owners, and the doors seemed to open before Given as he quickly moved from franchise consultant at Taco Bell to general manager for KFC. Looking for a job requiring less travel, he decided to purchase a Buffalo's Cafe franchise in 1992.

Only 12 years later, multiple franchises stand as a testimony to Given's success. He owns a Planet Smoothie, two Moe's Southwest Grills and a Heavenly Ham franchise, which, as of June, became a Heavenly Ham Market Cafe-one of the company's first prototype stores to test its new concept. In addition, he has plans to open a third Moe's and his first Mama Fu's Noodle House. His performance has been recognized by Heavenly Ham and Moe's, which have both honored him as franchisee of the year.

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