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'Idea Guy' Founder Sells Pizza Patron, Pivots to What's Next


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Antonio Swad, founder of Pizza Patron, sold the franchise to his largest franchisee this week.

Antonio Swad founded and then sold Wingstop, which he says was the first restaurant concept to put chicken wings at the center of the plate. He founded Pizza Patron, with a focus on Latino customers and a “free pizza when you order in Spanish” promotion. Now Antonio Swad is on to a new venture, after selling this week Pizza Patron to the brand’s largest franchisee, Charles Loflin of San Antonio.

Swad will focus on a new venture, a take-and-bake kiosk for grocery stores called Raw Pizza Co. He described the venture to FT last year, when his entrepreneurial tale was the June/July cover story. “This will be a differentiator,” Swad said then—like wings as entrees and pizza catering to Latinos.

He is also working to open the first location of a 300-seat restaurant that will specialize in Southern food and contry music, he told the Dallas Business Journal this week.

“Antonio’s an idea guy,” Andrew Gamm, executive VP at Pizza Patron, told FT's Nancy Weingartner in June. There’s not enough years in life for all his business ideas.”

 

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