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Taking a Risk to Help Transform a Downtown

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When our next guest decided to open a fine dining restaurant in downtown Greenville 21 years ago, many thought he had lost his mind.  At that time, the city was still in the planning stages of its downtown transformation and jumping on board that endeavor was certainly a risk.  But as you can guess, it paid off.  His company now owns 8 restaurants, a private catering space, a food truck and employs more than 550 people.

Mike Switzer interviews Carl Sobosinski, founder and owner of Table 301 Restaurant Group in Greenville, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.