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Great question... We honestly wonder ourselves sometimes! Here's what we do know... It all started about 20 years ago on a trip to the west coast. Chris (the founder) found this really cool, laid back restaurant with an open kitchen, and great food, and really warm, genuine hospitality. And he thought to himself, "Wow, this looks like a lot more fun than being a CPA." So he came home, quit his job as a CPA, and opened the first PB in November of 1996.

He hired a couple of cooks -- Lauro and Celso. And then Jay walked in one day and said "Hi, I'm an opera singer, and I want to work here." (he might have actually sang this, I am not sure...) So Chris was like, "OK, what can you do? " And Jay said, "Well, I've never worked in a restaurant before but this seems like a good place to start." So Chris said, "Cool, we'll figure it out."

Things were going great until the Landlord told Chris that if he didn't lease the other vacant space in the building he wouldn't renew his lease on the restaurant. So Chris decided to lease out the other space and open a bar. And Jay, and Lauro and Celso were like, "Do we know how to run a bar?" And Chris was like, "We'll figure it out."

Right around then Taylor came along and decided it was time to stop bartending at the local Deadhead hangout and get a real job. And Chris was like "Can you run a bar?" And Taylor said, "Yep, I think so." So they both said, "Cool, we'll figure it out."

Somewhere in there, we bought a bunch of catering trucks and now Jay's runs our entire catering division. Chris and Taylor are partners now. They opened our second location in 2015 and are working on plans for our 3rd location as you read this. And Lauro and Celso (both still part of the PB family) are a big part of why your Farfalle Pollo still tastes just like it did 20 years ago.

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