Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Nick Kapioltas owned 14 Brown Derby restaurants in the state of Florida and one in Ohio. Like many of his restaurant industry brethren, Kapioltas found himself in that position somewhat accidentally. While gearing up for law school, Kapioltas’ cousin Gus Girves, who founded the Brown Derby chain in Ohio during the 1950s, recruited him to work temporarily at one of his restaurants. He postponed law school repeatedly and, after rising to vice ...

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