My Worst Mistake

By Paul Mattison January 31, 2012

Paul Mattison, owner, Mattison’s Restaurants“I moved here in 1991 for The Summerhouse on Siesta Key with the handshake understanding that someday I’d inherit ownership, and I worked really hard for 10 years to build something fabulous. In 2001, I realized my handshake deal was never going to be honored, and I left to start Mattison’s. A couple of years later my ex-partner, who’d been like a second father to me, sold the property to a developer for several million dollars and I ended up with nothing. In many ways it made me more motivated to be successful.”

Paul Mattison, owner, Mattison’s Restaurants

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