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Women In the Food Business: Life as a Female Restaurant Owner

LOOK LOCAL – Owning a restaurant is an exciting daydream for people who love to cook and entertain, or those who are unhappy in their corporate jobs. But the reality of running a successful restaurant business is not as glamorous as it may seem. Women restaurant owners in particular have a unique set of challenges, requiring them to be nimble, flexible and to wear many hats – from chef to dishwasher, to HR director to bookkeeper.

Franca Piselli, owner of Roman Bistro in East Gwillimbury, speaks candidly of being a female entrepreneur in a high stress environment. “In this business, sometimes it’s so unpredictable, you don’t know what’s going to happen,” she says.

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Charlotte is a writer, blogger and amateur photographer based out of Toronto with interests in positivity, creative muse, generational differences and the future of work. She has written for Zoomer Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. She currently blogs for a range of small and medium-sized businesses.