Our Qs + As series features current, past and quite possibly, future clients. We’ll be digging a little deeper to learn about their passions, inspirations, and brunch orders.
Nick Reader is a co-founder of PDQ – short for “People Dedicated to Quality” – a fast casual, high-touch, high-integrity restaurant chain focused on fresh food, fast. Prior to founding PDQ, Nick was CFO of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for six years. Seeking something entrepreneurial, he teamed up with Bloomin’ Brands’ Bob Basham, and has since helped grow the chain one restaurant at a time. Now, with over 55 locations!
Q: What would you be if you weren’t in your current role?
A: Coaching Defense for my old high school football coach Dominick Ciao.
Q: What was the best gift you ever received?
A: Time. I received some great coaching and mentorship from some pretty amazing people during my life.
Q: What’s your go-to “get hyped” song?
A: Right now it is Buy Back the Block by Rick Ross.
Q: What is the last picture you took on your phone?
A: Food besides my family. 90% of what I photograph is food.
Q: What is your favorite place you have traveled to, and why?
A: New York City. The food scene, people and energy is unreal. It always inspires me when I leave the city when you see what is possible there.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People that love talking about themselves.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: Run to the Roar.
Q: Who is someone in your field you really admire and why?
A: Mario Batali. He runs a great group of restaurants and love his food.
Q: What is your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving. You get to eat, drink and watch football.
Q: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
A: Eating and traveling. There are so many great restaurant concepts across the country run by wonderful and super talented people.