From left Saul Cooperstein Anthony Pigliacampo Pierre Panos Chris Doody and Rick Van Pelt
From left: Saul Cooperstein, Anthony Pigliacampo, Pierre Panos, Chris Doody and Rick Van Pelt

2013 Hot Concepts winners share tips for success

This is part of Nation Restaurant News' special coverage of the 2013 MUFSO conference, taking place Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion Tower in Dallas. Follow coverage of the event on and tweet with us using #MUFSO.

People play as crucial a role as financing in helping restaurant brands grow successfully, according to executives representing the five 2013 Hot Concepts winners: Fresh To Order, Max’s Wine Dive, Modmarket, Piada Italian Street Food and Umami Burger.

Pierre Panos, founder and chief executive of the eight-unit Fresh to Order, based in Alpharetta, Ga., said his company has a robust training program and promotes its general managers from within.

“We have

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