Interview: November 2011
Interviewee: Ted Leovich (VP Franchise Development )
Company: Romacorp, Inc. (TONY ROMA’S)
Enjoys: Masters Swimming (competitive swimming for age groups 25 and older)
Favorite restaurant: L’ATELIER de Joel Robuchon Saint-Germain in Paris
Favorite hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Dear Ted, its my pleasure to interview a great friend and person, as well as such an experienced professional as you.
Tell me, how many restaurants does Tony Roma’s have worldwide, how big is an average restaurant, what is an average restaurant yearly income and how long does it take to recover the investment?
Ted, which one do you think is the sustainable uniqueness/competitive advantage of Tony Roma’s?
Did Tony Roma’s feel the crisis and if yes, how did it deal with it?
What are in your opinion the most difficulties that exist when you expand into another country?
Which one has been your most successful market for expansion and why?
Ted, thanks very much for your insights. I wish you further success in developing Tony Roma’s. Lets go and try one of your delicious Red Velvet cakes!
Thanks Marco, of course, I know you like them!
Interview by Marco Julià Eggert – New York, U.S.A.
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