Chris Gannon, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolay

The Upreneur podcast has partnered up with SCORE, hosted by Jeremy Straub, to help bring engaging conversations with today’s top leaders and business owners. In today’s episode, we spoke with Chris Gannon, CEO and Co-Founder of Bolay. We talked about how at a young age, Chris was able to receive experience in the food industry because his dad, Tim Gannon, owned Outback Steakhouse. He was able to use that experience to his benefit and create Bolay. To really make his business work, he took notes from each restaurant he visited and wrote down the concepts he enjoyed about them, the music from one, the service from another, etc. He believes the best feedback to making your business better comes from your team members on the frontline. They are the ones who know what obstacles customers face and what needs to be fixed for a better experience.

Chris Gannon, CEO and co-founder, along with his father, Tim Gannon, listened, researched, taste-tested, sought the right talent and experimented with the right ideas to bring about the boldest, freshest brand in the fast-casual dining market.

Through his years of experience traveling the world and tasting international cuisine from professional’s kitchens and friendly homes, Chris Gannon knows what makes great flavors. By listening to what people wanted and craved from their food, he came to understand what the restaurant scene urgently needed: a brand that believed in excellent food that fuels an amazing lifestyle. Therefore, Bolay was created as more than just another fast-casual restaurant. It was borne from the belief that the “fast” and the “casual” can be the extraordinary and nutritious. Bolay’s business model, vision and mission is rooted in the same dedication to excellence that motivated Chris as an entrepreneur, a student of business and cultures, and to become the second youngest person to win the US Polo Championship. It’s also paired with a spirit of fun that guests feel as soon as they walk in. The word Bolay itself combines the signature dish, the bol, with “olay” to evoke the excitement around the brand, good health and great living.

Today, the Gannon’s are elevating the business by embracing the wholeness of food well before the plate hits the table. “The Bolay Way” is one that is meant to invite and inspire. Quick and delicious is provided with consideration of everything that makes food great – community, health, passion, flavor and service.






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