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Paula Vrakas recently opened Broadway Roxy in Denver.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
In this new role as the owner of Broadway Roxy, I am most looking forward to becoming a part of the Denver community.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
Prior to opening the Broadway Roxy location, I have opened four restaurants and now own two. Those experiences – coupled with my past experience of serving in the military – have not only prepared me for this role, but have also given me a niche understanding on what it means to be a part of community that in turn can become family.
3. How did you get into the industry?
I began my restaurant career as a hostess and busser at a small sports bar in Hartland, Wisconsin. From there, I worked as a barback, line cook, server, lead server, bartender and eventually general manager. I even spent a couple years managing a movie theater. When I moved from Wisconsin to San Diego I got involved with catering and became a banquet beverage manager for the Hyatt corporations; a job that I continue to do today.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
I’m hoping to use these experiences to achieve a new camaraderie amongst Denver citizens, where they know there’s a new second home on the block with great live music, and even better cocktails.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
The people you meet and experiences you take away from simply bonding over breaking bread. I’m elated to bring this concept to a city I’ve always loved, and a state I can’t get enough of.