Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Schultz.
Taylor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We are a family owned business that my Dad started in 2002. We opened our first location in Glendale as a small BYOB restaurant. My siblings and I have grown up in the business and many of our employees have been with us since day one. I began working in the family business as a teenager. I have done everything from being a host, to serving to catering weddings. After graduating from Arizona State University, I came back full time and I am currently in charge of our Brand Development and Marketing. This position is something I am passionate about and I love sharing our story. Part of my responsibility is making sure no matter which Babbo you walk into that you will have the same great experience and quality food. We recently rebranded our website and social media platforms to showcase our new menu items and our fresh ingredients. We are a modern Italian restaurant and focus on house made food with the freshest ingredients. At all of our locations we get involved in the neighborhood community. As a Company, we enjoy partnering with local organizations such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We recently did a Day of Giving with them and raised $43,000. Also, we love working with local schools in the area of each location by supporting their teams and clubs. We cater over 250 weddings a year and that is an important part of our business as well. As we continue to grow we strive to maintain our family values and culture.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Anytime you grow, there are certainly challenges. One of the most important things to keep in mind when expanding a business is making sure that the brand is always consistent between locations. We have been around for 15 years and we’re constantly revamping. To go from being a small BYOB with 35 seats to our newest location in Scottsdale which is 6,500 square feet with a full bar, it’s a pretty impressive change. It’s important to update our older locations to our current brand and remain fresh and innovative. Our Glendale location has been remodeled three times. We moved our Surprise location to a new building and we’re currently working with our architect to revamp our older locations. When it comes to our menu, we’re always striving to create new ideas and dishes based on what our customers are asking for.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
One of the things we’re most known for is our Monday and Tuesday $6.99 Spaghetti and Meatball Special that we do at every location, dine in or take out. We also offer specials through our Babbo Insider Program that you can sign up for on our website.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up my personality was outgoing. I also was active in sports and school activities. I was on the swim team and swam competitively for years. I always loved traveling and new experiences. I’ve always enjoyed other cultures, experiences and food. This is something I still enjoy as an adult.
- Every Monday and Tuesday we offer our Spaghetti and Meatball dish for $6.99.
- Monday through Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. we offer happy hour at all of our locations. $6 food specials and $5 drink specials!
- Website: www.babboitalian.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babboitalianeatery/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BabboItalianEatery/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/babboitalian
Elyse Hall Photography (Wedding photos)
Erica & Jon Photography