Sure it looks as though South Florida is recovering from the real estate meltdown that led to the region being labeled as one of nation's most troubled, but in the midst of panic came opportunities.
"Weston Town Center was struggling in 2008 and I started buying up all of the restaurants that were going bankrupt," said Jamie McDonnell, CEO of the Weston Dining Group.
The company's flagship seems to be DelVecchio's pizza. In late January it opened its fourth restaurant in Weston and is planning another in the next 45 days in Sunrise. It's eyeing two more locations in Aventura and Boca. McDonnell seems to be planning a small pizza empire- opening one store every 60 days for the next three to five years leading to 30-plus pizzerias - and one that could be sold for a hefty profit.