Monday, December 2, 2013

CIC Grad Ellis Grossman Featured in Charleston Living Magazine

CIC grad Ellis Grossman, founder of the Black Bean Company restaurants, was featured in Charleston Living Magazine. 
"What began for Ellis Grossman as a fascination with the farm to table movement—now a mainstay of the Charleston culinary community—has sprouted into an entrepreneurial endeavor that boasts four restaurants and keeps on growing. Grossman and partner Joseph Lawlor have built their business on what they see as an “up and coming” trend in the restaurant industry. What sets their Black Bean Co. apart in this food-driven town is a novel delivery system for fresh fare—a sort of hybrid of the fast casual and casual dining eatery. 
“'We're trying to redefine the fast food industry with food that's healthful and reasonably priced,” says Grossman, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College with a degree in culinary arts and business technology. He cultivated his interest in fast food with stints at large chains like Bojangles, where he was district operations director, and later Taco Bell. At the same time, he was developing an expertise in increasing profitability, consulting for hotels and restaurants on the side."  

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