Seth's Open Road
Constantly Striving For More (1:20)
You Have To Take On Some Risks (0:46)
One Business Opportunity After The Next (2:40)
You Can Learn In Other Ways (0:56)
I Wanted To Grow (1:28)
Dealing With Team Challenges (1:48)
Day In The Life Of A Restaurant Entrepreneur (1:54)
Entrepreneur & Co-owner
Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery
Before I opened a kolache bakery, I had never made a kolache. Before I opened a bar, I had never bartended. Before I opened a pizzeria, I had never made a pizza. If you put your mind to it, you can do anything.
- Born and raised south of Houston, Texas—his parents were optometrists and owned their own small business, so he grew up with an interest in entrepreneurship.
- Attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he received his degree in hospitality.
- While his brother, Chase, was attending Texas State University in San Marcos, they got the idea to open a kolache bakery—they opened their first business there, Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery, in 2009.
- Admits that when they were first starting out, they couldn’t afford employees so they had to run the business all by themselves from the top to the bottom.
- Opened their second business in 2011, Zelicks Icehouse, an old car shop that was converted into a bar and named after their grandfather who helped financially support the bakery in its early days.
- He recruited one of his classmates, Benjie Ackerman, from the University of Nevada to help run the bar.
- Together, the trio saw another business opportunity nearby in San Marcos—they took over ownership and expanded a New York style pizzeria which they renamed, Pie Society.
- Credits his success in business with being able to see the gaps in the market, knowing how to fill them, remaining consistent, and focusing on customer satisfaction.