Ilario’s Italian Cuisine

Mar 22, 2015 506

by JJ Velasquez

Steve Swindell said his business grew 47 percent from 2013 to 2014, but it was not long ago the Kyle restaurant owner had to go back to the drawing board. Swindell opened Panhandler's Pizza in Kyle in 2011, a buffet featuring Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. But he later realized it was not the right business model, he said.

Because Panhandler's Pizza had made a five-year commitment in its new FM 1626 suite, Swindell could not simply close the Kyle restaurant and leave, he said. Swindell, who has a background in advertising and marketing, said he conducted a series of focus groups in September 2012, and the concept of Ilario's Italian Cuisine was born.

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