Yianni Kosmides is the CEO and co-founder of Apola Greek Grill, an Authentic Greek Grill based in California that is taking the US by storm with its truly authentic Greek gyro. Their work has been featured on Yahoo Finance, US News, Food Service Exchange and on TV’s ‘This is LA’ among other publications.
[0:05] Welcome to Franchise Euphoria, the podcast that takes a deep dive into specific topics related to franchising. Franchise Euphoria exists to help individuals who are trying to grow their business through a franchise or franchise-like model.
[0:49] Josh introduces today’s interview guest, Yianni Kosmides, the CEO and co-founder of Apola Greek Grill.
[2:24] Josh welcomes Yianni to Franchise Euphoria.
[3:10] Yianni shares what inspired his family to open Apola Greek Grill.
[7:10] Growing up, Yianni’s father acquired several restaurants across a variety of cuisine types, but the Apola was the first Greek concept in his family’s history.
[11:10] Yianni gives an overview of the various food offerings that Apola features on their menu.
[17:49] Apola has a variety of restaurant layouts including some traditional restaurant locations some drive through only locations.
[22:43] Yianni shares the pros and cons of going into business with a family member.
[26:05] Yianni explains what the transition from restaurant owner-operator for franchise owner is like.
[31:33] Josh and Yianni debate where the ideal location for your first franchised location should be.
[39:21] Yianni shares about the community partnerships Apola establishes with each new location they open.
[41:32] If you want to learn more about Apola Greek Grill, you can visit their website listed below.
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