From the son of Greek immigrants to the self-proclaimed “greatest dishwasher of all time” at the local dive steakhouse to *insert any hospitality position available*, Yianni picked up a few tricks on his rise through the ranks at 22 restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to Michelin experiences in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2001, Yianni left his loft in Philadelphia and quit his job to take over his father-in-law’s beachfront eatery at Exit 0 on the Garden State Parkway – Cape May. Much to the surprise of family and friends who ridiculed the decision, Yianni has since built a thriving collection of restaurant, real estate, catering, and distribution businesses.
Well-known for his unapologetic bluntness, Yianni brings a no-nonsense approach to his insights on the industry.
Stay tuned for more from Yianni in his debut book, Restaurant Punk (coming soon).