In Session 7 of the Breaking Brews Podcast, Jason Cercone goes one on one with Nick Bogacz, the Founder of Caliente Pizza & Draft House, in Pittsburgh. Nick, his wife Angie, and their entire crew have grown the Caliente brand from one successful location to five in less than seven years. Today, we are going to tap into some of the elements that have helped make Caliente a recognizable brand in Pittsburgh and beyond.
We kick off the show talking about Nick’s background and discover he was working FIVE jobs prior to his decision to go into business for himself. We learn about his unquestionable work ethic, his patience to wait for the right opportunity, and how he knew the time was right to take the entrepreneurial path that’s led to his success today.
Nick goes on to discuss how he purchased the former ‘Caliente Pizza & Bar’ in Bloomfield, changed ‘Bar’ to ‘Draft House,’ and began incorporating craft beer into his operations almost immediately. Craft beer paired with a unique, custom-made pizza containing fresh ingredients not only made for the perfect marriage, it showcased the strengths Nick saw in craft breweries and how he could succeed practicing the same principles.
We also talk about Caliente hitting the mainstream by capturing World Championships at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas on three separate occasions, how Nick was able to open second, third, fourth, and fifth locations, and his new book, The Pizza Equation. You can learn more about the book and pick up a copy on Amazon right now!
To wrap up this installment of the podcast, I announce the winner of the Release Week Beer Money Giveaway. Find out who’s getting $100 in beer cash courtesy of the Breaking Brews Podcast!
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MUSIC CREDIT: All music on this installment of the podcast is courtesy of purple-planet.com.
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