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Meet Sam Faragalla of The Dish Depot in Glendale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Faragalla.

Sam, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got into the restaurant industry about 25 years ago, I had many different sales jobs throughout my life, as well as owning several small businesses, before ending up in the restaurant world. I began working at a restaurant supplier in downtown LA. However, after several years there, I felt that there was no more room to grow and that I was not being compensated 100 percent for all my hard work. Thus in 2006, I decided to break away from my old company and open my own store. After several months of looking for a suitable location, I found a vacant warehouse in Glendale. It’s been ten years that I have been at the same location and in 2016, I purchased the building. The city of Glendale has been really accommodating to my business and they have rewarded us for two years now with the Small Business Excellence Awards.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been many struggles, financial, emotional and physical. However, I have been able to overcome the struggles and thus, have cultivated strength and perseverance.

Please tell us about The Dish Depot Inc.
Our company is a family operated restaurant supplier, we supply local and corporate restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area, ranging from Northern California to Baja California. We have been operating for ten years and pride ourselves on our excellent customer services, our quirky sense of style, our family friendly environment and our very competitive prices. Some people have called our store “Disneyland of dishes” for retail, wholesale and personal purchases. Aside from our massive china collection… we offer our customer corporate brand names at local discounted prices. What sets us apart is our ability to go far and beyond for our customers due to our low overhead.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
The proudest moment of my career has been opening up my own store, knowing that I was able to break away from partners and corporate ties. Also, every day is a proud moment for me, knowing that I was able to start my own business with my family, then I was able to purchase the building and now the business is growing every day a little more and more.

Pricing:

  • Smallware Items- Kitchen Utensils $1.00 to $20.00
  • Kitchen Equipment $50.00 to $5,000.00
  • Dinning and Patio Furniture $15.00 to $150.00
  • American and China Porcelain $0.25 to $100.00
  • Chemicals, Cleaning Solutions and Paper Goods $4.00 to $40.00
  • Rental Equipment $25.00 to $500.00

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