On Wednesday December 13, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class of 2018 was hosted at Bareburger in Ridgefield for their food franchise field trip. This field trip is the second of six that the students experience during their thirty-week class helping them to understand different businesses, structures and experience.
Bareburger co-founder and entrepreneur Euripides Pelekanos traveled from Queens, New York to share his story and answer many questions from the students. Euripides shared his journey to international success, which had many curves and bumps in the road. Euripides began his entrepreneurial journey in Brooklyn where he opened a nightclub called Sputnik. As an aside, they served food to clubgoers and while he enjoyed the business he was in, he soon realized people were coming more for the burgers and a new idea was born. The burgers being served were not just any burger, but rather an organic and all natural variety, which was not so commonplace in 2009 as it is today. What started with one forty seat restaurant in Astoria, Queens has morphed into an international franchise with locations spanning the globe from Tokyo to Canada and of course, across the United States.