John Kunkel has founded and grown new concepts even as the economy was forcing other operators to lick their wounds. He introduced his first restaurant, Taste Bakery CafĂ© in South Beach, Fla., after Sept. 11, 2001, a time when many hospitality ventures stood still. Three years later he sold a flourishing Taste to focus on his newest venture, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. His optimism about the fast-casual Tex-Mex chainâ€™s prospects has not dimmed despite the recession. Today ...
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