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South Florida restauranteurs share tips for staying in business over 56 years

The location is not fancy it is more about family and friendly since 1957
The location is not fancy it is more about family and friendly since 1957
Photos by Lori Wilk

Grampa's was a small bakery in Dania Beach, Florida when it opened its doors in 1957. Today, Grampa's has survived more than 56 years in business at the same location. Grampa's business expanded over the years from a small bakery to include a restaurant and custom-catering business.

Carol Grampa shared some business tips which she has learned over the years and the family-owned business motto is," Never give up, no matter what."

"We are here with the doors opened because we've persevered against all odds."

Grampa's began as a family-owned business and remains family-owned and operated. When it comes to growing a business Carol's best advice is,"Stay small and keep costs affordable as long as you can."

In response to the current restaurant business climate and business change Carol shared," We stay current with marketing and have changed some of the things we do, but we are not trendy with our marketing. We use social media and more traditional advertising and marketing." Of course, you will find us on Facebook and we have incentives for those who Like us.

To describe how the Grampa's have expanded from a bakery to a business that offers custom-catering and a restaurant that serves an All-American breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, she said,"We have focused on caring about our customers and building up our repeat clientele.

The crowds line-up for breakfasts at Grampa's and one of the secrets to keeping the restaurant so busy has been," We didn't take away the Danish from each table. So many restaurants have cut back on what they give people when they sit down and we know people have expectations about what they like to experience here."

Carol continued,"We've empowered our staff-members to make our customers happy. Recently our manager,Tom celebrated the 96th birthday of one of our first-time guests,Jules Glastein, of Delray Beach,FL. Tom had lunch with Jules and his family and they all took photos for our Grampa's Facebook Fan Page.

"We pay attention to the quality of the food we serve and that is so important in keeping our customers coming back for years."

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