Vanderpump Rules star Jax Taylor is entering into the restaurant business! That’s right, the SUR bartender opened his own restaurant, NOW, in Ventura, California earlier this month and is talking to Bravo about his new business venture.
“I just bought a restaurant, so I’m an investor with two other guys. It’s an Italian restaurant/lounge. It kind of resembles PUMP, but it’s got some TVs, so it’s a sports bar as well,” he shared. “That’s going to take up a lot of my time. That’s a really big deal. It’s my first thing I’ve ever owned.”
“I’ve learned what not to do. I’ve been such a, probably, s***ty employee that now I know what to look for in employees,” Jax said. “But it’s something that I own, so I’m going to take pride in it. I take pride in working at SUR and working at PUMP, but this is something that’s mine and I’m really excited about it. I feel like I’ve accomplished something.”
“I didn’t [ask Lisa for any advice]. I learned everything I could from Lisa, Ken, and [co-owner] Guillermo, and I kind of went to the war room with my buddy who also worked at PUMP [as] a manager, so we kind of just put our money together and opened a restaurant.”
“The whole idea is were going to open like five of them. So it’ll be like NOW Ventura, NOW Santa Monica, NOW West Hollywood,” he said, adding that he’d love to someday employ SUR manager Peter Madrigal. “He’s just got great work ethic. He’s very strong. He’s a good employee, good guy,” Jax explained. “Everyone loves Peter.”
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