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Family Teriyaki Chain Continues Expansion

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Small Business Spotlight: Teriyaki Madness, @TMadnessLV

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Who: Rod Arreola

What: Teriyaki restaurant chain

When: 2003

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

How: Teriyaki Madness co-founder Rod Arreola grew up in Seattle, surrounded by teriyaki restaurants. Arreola says he noticed a lack of teriyaki restaurants in Las Vegas, and saw an opportunity to bring the cuisine to Sin City.

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Two years after Teriyaki Madness’ 2003 launch, the company began franchising. Today, Arreola says there are eight Teriyaki Madness restaurants in six states, with 29 more in development.

Biggest challenge: “Finding great commercial real estate,” says Arreola. “We’re in markets like Los Angeles, San Jose and Austin, and commercial real estate is really tight. There are a lot of other concepts competing for similar spaces.”

One moment in time: Arreola is proudest that he has been able to build a company with his family members, as well as provide franchise owners with the opportunity to run and grow a business.

Best business advice: “You’ve got to work hard, honestly, and you’ve got to have passion and perseverance,” says Arreola.

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