Q&A: Sam Nazarian of SBE

Q&A: Sam Nazarian of SBE

The entrepreneur backing Umami Burger and Katsuya speaks about risks and opportunities

As it approaches its 10-year anniversary next year, Los Angeles-based SBE is emerging as a deep-pocketed and diverse multi-concept operator of restaurants, hotels and nightclubs across the country.

Founder, chairman and chief executive Sam Nazarian has assembled a mushrooming collection of concepts, from José Andrés’ restaurant The Bazaar in Beverly Hills, Calif., to the first West Coast franchise operation of New York hot dog icon Papaya King.

Currently, SBE

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