Small Kingdoms: The Pubbelly Boys and Their Culinary Empire in Miami

Small Kingdoms: The Pubbelly Boys and Their Culinary Empire in Miami

We are well-aware that being an operator with just one concept isn’t easy. Then it often takes years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears to expand to a culinary empire with several concepts. 

Foodable’s Small Kingdoms series highlights the restaurant groups, whether they are emerging or well-established. with multiple successful concepts in one specific area.

The Pubbelly Group is based in Miami and has three founding partners. Often referred to as the Pubbelly Boys, Chef José Mendín, Andreas Schriner, and Sergio Navarro– have a Small Kingdom of restaurants in South Florida that foodies, especially those that love pork, can’t get enough of.

Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Pubbelly Sushi, Pawn Broker, PB Ysla, and even the Food Republic, a restaurant which is on Norwegian Cruise Lines­– are all operated by the Pubbelly Boys.

We decided to sit down with Chef José Mendín to learn what it takes to create multiple thriving concepts and what advice he has for inspiring restaurateurs.

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Small Kingdoms: Rick Bayless Talks Early Success, the Power of Change, and His Draw to Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Small Kingdoms: Rick Bayless Talks Early Success, the Power of Change, and His Draw to Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Chef Rick Bayless has become a household name in the food industry. And though the backbone of his concepts all revolve around authentic Mexican cuisine, you never know what Bayless will have up his sleeve next. He doesn’t follow trends; he creates them. 

Foodable was fortunate enough to sit down with the Chef at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago last month. Donned in a crisp white chef uniform, complete with his name etched in perfect stitching, Bayless’s demeanor is contradictory in a sense — soft and approachable, yet strong and aware. We’d expect nothing less than for him to command the attention he did, being that he has championed the space for so long.

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