In three short years Levante have grown into a regional name in brewing.
The business has also taken full advantage of the available technologies to further bring the experience directly to their guests. Levante created a texting service called “Text the Fridge” to provide instant updates on can availability, as well as today’s food truck, and retail sixtel keg availability. Potentially most important is the attitude they’ve kept when responding to the inevitable pitfalls that strike any new business. “If you’re new to the brewing industry, one thing you’ll quickly realize is that every day presents a new challenge,” Spencer said. “It’s not the challenge that matters, it’s the way you respond to it.”
Limoncello Since its inception in 2006, Limoncello Ristorante and Caterers on 9 N. Walnut Street has established itself as one of the shiniest spokes in the wheel of successful West Chester businesses, achieving the highly coveted goal for any downtown establishment: staying power. They’ve even grown beyond the bounds of our borough, opening a second location in Chester Springs a few years ago.
We recently caught up with Frank Mingrino, who manages the business his family founded, and he shared a couple key ingredients regarding the prosperity of the family business, where input from their clientele is extremely important. “We strive to exceed customer expectations and solicit feedback through a robust review process,” he said. Frank further explained how their team actively encourages input and uses the results to tailor their business to meet the expectations of guests. “We synthesize the feedback and put the results into action. It’s an endless cycle and our guests remain the focus of our efforts,” he said.
don’t view roadblocks as setbacks, but rather as opportunities to grow.” With both locations of Limoncello having been voted Best of the Mainline Italian Restaurants in 2018, it appears that the Mingrino family are handling such challenges with ease.
Market Street Grill
“Another reason I feel we’ve continued to be successful is our connection to the local community,” Frank said, a sentiment shared by many of the borough’s most successful businesses. “We are active supporters of many local charities and an annual sponsor of the largest Marine Corps Foundation Toys for Tots Program in the Philadelphia region,” he added.
Kerry Grecco, primary owner of Market Street Grille, opened his beloved breakfast and lunch eatery in the borough of West Chester in 2003. Since that time, the business has been so well-received that Kerry handed over the management reins to his son, Christian, and co-owner, Darla Riccetti, and then opened a second location—Green Street Grill—ten years later in Downingtown. We met up with Kerry at the impressive Green Street Grill on a busy Friday morning, and chose to pick his brain about his efforts at success over the last 16 years.
When asked if Limoncello has experienced any challenges along the way, Frank said, “Of course we have. I’d imagine most businesses do. However, we
“Well, the food is great, and that helps—it’s not your typical diner faire,” he said. Kerry added that hiring the right people is critical, but his criteria might
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