We’re Back

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

Sorry it’s been so long, hope you didn’t forget about us!

Let’s recap this month to get you up to speed. For best results read in the voice of John Madden.

The month started out with a visit from the one and only Phillip Yi. We introduced him to the Colorado area and showed him some of our potential spots. For a few days he got to experience the fun and excitement of living at Aunt Patti’s.

It was great hanging out with Phillip after we all had the chance to live and train with him throughout the summer.

Board Meeting. Even the camera had blurry vision.

While he was here we actually got to meet Aaron Kennedy, the guy who founded Noodles and Company. Aaron actually started Noodles with no restaurant experience and helped grow his concept to a national brand. It was great hearing from him and was amazing how similar our stories were. He provided some great advice and insight about the industry. Here is a picture of the Sabi family before the big meeting:

The day after we dropped Phillip off at the airport I had to take Shaan and Dan right back so they could begin their journey to China…..Why China, you ask? Well, towards the end of last year we were selected to attend the Kairos Summit for student entrepreneurs hosted at the New York Stock Exchange. While we were there we actually won free trips to China to attend another global entrepreneurship conference. Anyways, while Shaan and Dan headed to China, I stayed home to guard the fort (aka, I was too chicken to go). At the conference they met with student entrepreneurs from all over the world.

Shaan reppin' the Sabi threads.

They even got to meet The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The day after Shaan and Dan returned from China we met in Atlanta for the annual Dine America Conference.

We got to meet and hang out with some of best and brightest in the industry. It was amazing hearing everyone’s stories and getting feedback on our concept. The coolest guy at the conference was John, the COO (chef operating officer) of Biscutville. John was actually a big Duke fan and was originally from the North Carolina area….what up John!

After the conference we headed back to our old stopping grounds, Duke University. While we were there we had the opportunity to meet with the dining directors about possibly bringing Sabi to campus. I don’t know if it will be next year, or a few years down the line, but we promise that we will do everything we can to get a Sabi at Duke.

We also had the opportunity speak at a couple of classes. It was crazy telling our story in front of the same class that we were sitting in just under a year ago when we first came up with the idea for Sabi.  Shout out to Lisa Keister and her class. Thanks for letting us come act like we’re important.

At the end of the week we got to experience one of the nastiest, dirtiest, most fun, beautiful things in the world, Tailgate at Duke. Nobody, and I mean nobody, does Tailgate like Duke.

After tailgate we actually got into watch the Duke vs. Alabama game. The Crimson Tide really showed up. They had to put more bleachers into the stadium just to fit them all.

After Duke we headed back to beautiful Colorado to get back on our grind. We found an awesome apartment. We furnished it up with some air mattresses…I’m actually living in the living room, but hey, its home. We’d like to thank Aunt Patti again for letting us stay in her basement for so long, it really saved us!

There are new and exciting things happening on the business front each day. We can’t really go into detail about these things, but take my word for it, we’re coming up with something special here.

So there you go. That’s the update. Tomorrow Shaan is going to write about some of the awesome ideas and thoughts he took back from the conference in China. The blog is back baby.


BOOM, tough actin tenactin!


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