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 Café 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 chain’s prospects has not dimmed despite the recession. Today ...

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