Ditching the Corporate World to Start a Restaurant Empire
Looking to spend more time together and escape the corporate world, Mark and Larkin Hammond took a chance: They packed up everything and opened a restaurant.
Mark and Larkin Hammond were apart 252 days during their first year of marriage. Mark was ingrained in the corporate machine with Pepsi-Co’s restaurant division (now Yum Brands), and a frequent flier with a flourishing collection of hotel room keys. Thinking of the future, Mark took a cursory glance up the company ladder. “That’s what my boss was doing and that’s what his boss was doing,” Mark says of his cross-country calendar.