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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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