During the middle of a pandemic, Charles and Kasara Carter managed to fulfill a lifelong dream – opening their restaurant in the heart of what was once the historic, vibrant Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. Situated just a stone’s throw away from the same Interstate that devastated the community in the 1950’s, Taste of Rondo stands as a beacon of hope to the neighbors who have long called Rondo home. But start-up woes are catching up to the Carters, who desperately want to see patron counts grow, while keeping costs in line.
Deluxe brought in JJ Haywood, CEO of Pizza Lucé, a renowned, multi-location pizza business in Minnesota, to evaluate operations and help the Carters reduce bottlenecks before expanding their outdoor seating. Meanwhile, the team from Deluxe brings more flavor to the restaurant’s overall brand and online presence. Watch the transformation unfold, as St. Paul’s newest restaurateur power couple steps up to the challenge.