NACE Award Winner Bucks Economy; Opens Restaurant

NACE Award Winner

Annie Payton, CPCE

NACE Award Winner, Annie Payton, CPCE is a 5-time winner of various NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) awards for excellence in events. She received a stunning three awards for work at Reflection Bay, Lake Las Vegas, this past July at the NACE Conference in Charlotte, NC.

Unfortunately, Annie was not at the conference as she had just been laid off by Reflection Bay, due to the closure of the facility. Great events, aside, its closure was a by-product of the ongoing weakness in the Las Vegas economy.

After considering her options for employment, Annie decided to turn lemons into lemonade: She began the process of opening her own restaurant, Annie’s Gourmet Italian in Henderson, NV.

As the Las Vegas economy has plummeted, since early 2008, many businesses have downsized or closed their doors. In her planning and search for a location, Annie found a vacant restaurant space that had been completely built out. She negotiated the deal with her new landlord, purchased the necessary kitchen equipment, furniture, signage, and navigated the local license and permit process.

NACE Award WinnerYesterday, Annie’s Gourmet Italian opened its doors for lunch and dinner. Business neighbors, friends, and random customers dined on family style, traditional Italian food, in the cozy eatery. The restaurant seats about 40 inside and has a patio that accommodates 50.

The patio is an ideal setting for lunches, dinners, and  wedding rehearsal dinners in warmer months. Off-premise catering and take-out are also part of the mix at Annie’s.

Comment: The entrepreneurial spirit is an interesting quality. It is often said that

” When one door closes, another one opens.”

Annie Payton, CPCE has put that saying into practice by bucking the economy blues and any other hurdles thrown in her way.

If you’re in the area, stop in and enjoy fine family food and the warmth of spirit that is Annie’s Gourmet Italian.

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