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Leadership Breakfast: Castellucci Hospitality Group
January 17, 2019 @ 7:15 am - 9:30 am
Join us on Thursday, January 17th with special guests, Federico Castellucci II (“Mr. C”) and Federico Castellucci III of the Castellucci Hospitality Group, proprietors of the acclaimed Sugo, Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers, Bar Mercado and Double Zero restaurants around Atlanta.
Federico Castellucci II or Mr. C, as most people call him, is a long-time restaurateur. He graduated from Boston University with the intention of becoming a lawyer. Before he could complete his schooling, Federico was faced with a life altering decision after receiving tragic news that his father’s restaurant, Archie’s Tavern, burned down in a fire. In order to support his family, he returned home and started the restaurant again from scratch. He worked tirelessly day and night to get the restaurant back off the ground. After ten years, his hard work finally paid off. The restaurant became the largest steakhouse in Rhode Island, and he went on to open six other restaurants in the state. In 1996, he took his family and moved to Atlanta for better weather and a better business climate. Over the next six years, he opened and sold six Roasted Garlic restaurants. In 2003, the first Sugo opened in Roswell, GA. The concept design and culinary vision was a collaboration with his eldest son Federico III, and his wife Nancy.
Federico Castellucci III is the President and CEO of Castellucci Hospitality Group. Federico has been working in the restaurant business his entire life, holding his first job as an eleven year old in a bakery in Rhode Island. Soon after, as a teenager, he began working in the family business holding various roles in the kitchen including cook and kitchen manager before heading to college. Federico studied Hospitality Management at Cornell University, and while away he partnered with his father and consulted on new restaurant openings for his family back home in Atlanta. Upon graduation, he assumed the reigns of the family business, and since 2007, changed the direction of the company from a single unit mom and pop operation to a multi-unit multi-concept restaurant group. As President and CEO, Federico is responsible for high level operations and leadership development and training. In addition, he makes all of the company’s growth decisions—where and how to expand, as well as concept research and origination. Federico is focused on building and implementing systems across the restaurant group that streamline operations and improve communication. While working on the business takes most of his daytime focus, Federico spends time in the restaurants during the evening hours building customer relationships and developing employee talent. In addition to his roles within the company, Federico serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Restaurant Association and is actively involved as a mentor, advisor and investor in early stage hospitality technology companies.