$11.5 Million Annual Revenue – Nick Bogacz, Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse

$11.5 Million Annual Revenue – Nick Bogacz, Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse

January 23, 2020

For today’s episode, we are sitting down with Nick Bogacz, President & Founder of Caliente Pizza & Drafthouse, a thriving business generating an impressive $11.5 million in annual revenue.

We explore Nick’s personal transformation from battling a devastating drug addiction to achieving incredible success. Join us as we learn about his resilience, determination, and the power of overcoming adversity.

About Nick Bogacz:

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Nick Bogacz opened his first location in the fall of 2012. It has grown quickly to his 5 current locations, with the 6th one coming in this first quarter of 2020.

He started in the industry as a delivery driver in 1996. He fell in love with the team atmosphere and high energy that the pizza business provides. Nick progressed through various levels of corporate chain pizza companies, keeping his eye firmly set on launching his own independent stores.

Nick has grown his company to over 200 employees through leading by example, having won numerous awards in the industry, including World Championships at the Pizza Expo in 2016, 2017 & 2018. They also won the Best American Pizza 2019 at the World Pizza Championships in Parma Italy. He’s even a part of the International Pizza Expo’s family of speakers as well as being a member of the esteemed World Pizza Champions Team.

Nick was successful in bringing together pizza and craft beer within his company. Each of his restaurants boast over 24 taps and a bottle selection of over 150 beers. His stores specialize in hard to source craft beers from across the country and around the world. He has also taken a unique approach to craft beer by setting up collaboration brew’s with breweries. Nick and his team go to breweries where they brew special recipe beers to be served at his locations. Moreover, he has collaborated with local breweries and world class breweries across the country.

Nick’s goals in the Pizza Industry continue to be met by being committed to excellence with focus and positive vibes. His wife Angie has been his biggest supporter and is proud to be a Pizza Wife for Life. His teenage kids have grown up in the industry and have taken a keen interest in the business. When not in the grind and every day hustle that he craves, he enjoys good quality fun and relaxing with his family.

In this episode, Steve, Mary, Richard, and Nick discuss:

  • Started delivering pizza at 17
  • Fourteen years clean and sober after bad drug addiction
  • Worked five jobs to save money to open his own pizza shop
  • Flipping restaurants overnight

Best Advice I Ever Received:

From my dad: ” Whatever you do, do it for yourself.”

Best Advice I’d Give To Someone Who Wants To Build A $10m+ Business:

When you feel like you should give up, work harder and faster, the tipping point is right around the corner.


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