In 2009, two childhood friends teamed up to open a different kind of restaurant and changed the food world forever. That would be Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of the wildly successful New York-based Meatball Shop chain.
Their first Meatball Shop opened on the Lower East Side in 2009. They have since lauched five more, in Williamsburg, the West Village, Chelsea, on the Upper East Side, and most recently on the Upper West Side. And the company just introduced its own Meatball Shop branded tomato sauce, sold in their shops and Whole Foods.
So how'd these two restaurateur chums hit it big and create what some are calling an entirely new category of dining that brings in an average $3.5 million a year per restaurant? Click ahead for the whole [marinara] saucy story.
— By CNBC's Josh Weiss
Posted May 2016