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This Salesman Was Unimpressed with a Local Pizzeria, So He Bought It — and Then Built A $20 Million Restaurant Business Sometimes, your inner voice that says, "I can do it better" is right. Here are three pieces of advice from a restaurateur who wants you to find similar success.

By Jason Feifer Edited by Mark Klekas

Key Takeaways

  • "Having no plan for once in my life was a beautiful thing. I knew with perseverance and consistency I would somehow make it work — and I did."
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Frank Brusco had no experience as a restaurateur. He was a salesman in the commercial printing industry.

Then he made the deal of a lifetime — buying a lousy pizzeria and transforming it into a thriving hospitality business that now includes three restaurant brands and brings in $20 million.

How'd he do it? "I truly love a challenge, and this one absolutely put me to the test," he says.

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