Summer is often the perfect time for many to take some time away from their hectic work routines and go abroad to enjoy themselves.
However, many business leaders’ minds keep on thinking even during their short periods of downtime, constantly coming up with new ideas and possible ways to take their businesses forward.
Manouche Craft Bakery & Bistro Director and Co-Founder Bjorn Bartolo is one such person, as he tends to use his time abroad to reflect on various opportunities to develop the restaurant chain further, and to also get inspired by what is happening in foreign catering industries.
For the latest instalment of this year’s MaltaCEOs.mt summer interview series, we spoke to Bjorn about his most ideal holiday destinations and how he seeks to invest in himself this summer.
Founded in 2017, Manouche has grown to become a popular restaurant chain across Malta, with various establishments located across the country. Bjorn has been critical to that success, also spearheading the launch of Detroit Style Pizza Malta, a restaurant dedicated to the popular American style of pizza. While the two chains have grown extensively in recent years, he still enjoys seeing new establishments open up, especially as the sun shines during summer.
I’m not that keen on summer days, as they’re way too hot for my liking. Although, I do like the summer nights as they tend to be much more pleasant. After 13 years living in the UK, I have had my fair share of wintertime weather.
Yes! This summer we will be launching Manouche Gozo. It’s always a pleasure seeing a Manouche sign going up while the sun is shining.
Definitely beach days in the shade! I also enjoy long walks followed by a picturesque sunset, a nice meal by the sea or a BBQ. What better activity is there to do in Maltese summers?
If I’m not working, I tend to stay inside in the afternoons, however I tend to enjoy the evenings outside more.
Yes, me and my wife rented a motorhome in the UK and we went to watch the Formula One at Silverstone Circuit.
Cape Verde, because it’s similar to Malta weather wise, just without all the traffic and madness.
I have to say a cruise, as there’s something beautiful about going to sleep and waking up in another country.
A few years back, I entered a poker tournament and made it through the national finals which were held in Stoke on Trent in the UK, and decided to make a holiday out of it. The poker tournament went well, but the accommodation was a nightmare.
I try to read as many books as possible. I also travel to see what’s out there to get inspired and have time to reflect.
I have plenty of goals that I have been working on and having to go through so many obstacles and hurdles I can finally say the future is very bright. However, I can’t give actual details for now.
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