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So You Want to Own a Restaurant

Mon, Jun 20, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start + Grow Your Business

Interested in starting your own restaurant in the Champaign area but not sure where to start?

Join a panel of successful restauranteurs and listen to their entrepreneurial journey, how they got established, and best tricks in the biz! This presentation will feature live Q&A and networking.

Presented in partnership with the Champaign Center Partnership.

About the Panelists:

Sean Baird is an owner of Watson's Chicken Shack & Rail, a fine-casual chicken shack, bar, & restaurant in downtown Champaign. Sean got his entrepreneurial start co-owning Cracked: the Egg Came First food truck.

Gayle Starks is the owner of Neil St. Blues, known for their Southern- and Cajun-inspired food, live music, and dancing. She comes from an entrepreneurial background and was voted People's Choice at the 2020 Artisan Cup & Fork experience.

Start + Grow Your Business Workshop Series:

Starting or growing your business? Champaign.org/launch

Adults | Business

Main Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B

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