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Episode Description

Bryan Tublin, Owner and Co Founder of Kitava, joins the show to talk about

  • Taking the leap to leave a stable tech job to start a restaurant.
  • How Bryan validated the concept for his restaurant by bringing soup to house parties.
  • His process for gathering customer and employee feedback to inform his menu and dining experience
  • Bryan's decision to expand Kitava to multiple locations and how he used partnerships to test new markets before going all-in.
  • Gourmet PB&Js and growth hacking through pop-up stands and food trucks.

Episode Transcript

Bryan Tublin

Owner and Co Founder of Kitava

After starting his career as a Product Manager at Intuit and Strava, Bryan became immersed in the world of holistic health and nutrition after suffering from a chronic pain injury in 2012. Inspired by the nutritious food that was central to his recovery, he rededicated his career to helping others lead healthy lives. While still working as a full-time PM, Bryan became certified as a Holistic Nutrition Consultant through Bauman College, created a Paleo pop-up series in SF, and founded a successful catering business called Simmer before joining forces with his business partner Jeff Nobbs (founder of Mealmade) to create Kitava, San Francisco’s first fully gluten-free, paleo, and veggie-centric restaurant.