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Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s No. 1 tip for starting your own business

Nobody probably knows more about opening a restaurant than celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

survey by, an online site for restaurant operators.

There can also be some speed bumps along the way.

The original Mesa Grill in Manhattan, which stayed open for more than 20 years, ultimately closed in 2013 after the landlord quadrupled the rent, Flay has said. His Las Vegas location, which began serving in 2004, is still in operation.

He also shuttered his midtown Manhattan eatery Bar Americain in 2018 because renewing the lease would have required an extensive overhaul, The New York Times reported at the time.

“Like Broadway shows, restaurants have their runs,” Flay told the paper.

“We’ve had a good run,” he added. “But there’s no secret that it’s exorbitant to build and run a restaurant today.”

Flay clearly made decisions that he thought would benefit his overall business. His holdings currently include six restaurant names across the U.S. The chain Bobby’s Burger Palace alone has 15 locations.

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He also spends time in front of the camera, hosting TV shows like “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction” and “Brunch @ Bobby’s” on the Food Network. The latest figures from Forbes, in 2012, estimated his yearly earnings to be $9 million.

Flay said the key to real success is “believing in yourself.” He also tells people to “look for small victories” and not try to “conquer the world” in one fell swoop.

“When I’m opening a restaurant I don’t think about, you know, conquering the whole menu in one day,” said Flay.

“I take one dish at a time.”

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