Work and Life – Meet Colton Grubb, Owner of Grubstak

Katie & Colton Grubb - Owners of Grubstak, Chandler, ArizonaWe had the good fortune of connecting with Colton Grubb and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Colton, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I knew deep down, being my own boss was something I wanted after growing up around entrepreneurs and gaining real-life business experience. I never knew how it would happen until I was at a career crossroad. I decided to end my time in the car business in August 2014, not knowing exactly what I would do. Once the initial idea popped in my head over the following month, it continued to snowball, and I was determined to see where it took me. I’ve always been passionate about food and experiencing different restaurants. So one day in 2014 — a simple conversation with family reminded me of this how passim and how I “stak’d” my food at home growing up. The conversation evolved about fries with different dipping sauces for a late night snack, so I did initial research on the restaurant industry and specifically the fast-casual segment. At the same time, I started creating a concept focused on building an entree on a base of food whether it be roasted veggies, waffle fries or something else. To me there were similarities with bowl concepts, but after continuously researching I knew we were creating a unique identity. Over time, with various tweaks and test kitchens we opened Grubstak in December 2016. Our menu and concept have continued to evolve since the initial idea began to come to light. We will hit our 4 year mark of being in business in December 2020….

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