In this episode - you'll hear from Ellen Chen - co-founder of Mendocino Farms Restaurant, the incredibly popular neighborhood sandwich restaurant and how it all started. It is clear that Ellen and her team want to make a difference in their journey to "Selling Happy" - a difference for Mendocino Farms employees, for the farms and farmers that they partnered up with and for each neighborhood they open a location in. And their guests are eating it up...
Mendocino Farms really does sell happy.... but it wasn't always sunshine and rainbows.
Ellen and I talk about the struggles - with her start in the restaurant business, about her in-laws taking a second mortgage on their home and loaning them the money and to cleaning bathrooms. Her professional failure included a restaurant in Southern CA and the personal failure she mentions at the end of the show is one that everyone can learn from....
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Thanks for listening - Yinh