Friday, January 27, 2023

Gonzalo and Paco Talavera: “Being such a young boss it’s hard to earn the respect of the employees”

gonzalo why Paco Talavera They are two young businessmen, aged 25 and 31, who are in charge of a trendy restaurant in Madrid. following the legacy of your parents daniel why Javier TalaveraHe is director of the La Fábrica group, which currently has ten restaurants in Madrid, runs a catering business at the Vistalegre bullring and Templo Canela, the food hall for the new musical ‘Malinche’ by Nacho Cano.

Gonzalo studied business administration in the United States and Paco studied physical activity and sports science, nothing to do with the work he does today as commercial director in charge of marketing and communications for the company. Is. Gonzalo is following in the footsteps of his uncle Javier who will soon retire and give him the position of purchasing director of the company. “I am in charge of finding and negotiating advantageous agreements with suppliers, also carrying out control and cost analysis, and managing the movement of goods through the premises,” he explains.

Neither of them dreamed of taking over the family business for a long time, so this isn’t the story of how cool it was to watch their parents work in bars and restaurants. Paco comments that “for a long time I didn’t see it clearly until I started working with them and my perception completely changed, I started liking this world of hospitality.” On the contrary, Gonzalo was very clear about what he wanted to become: «This world did not call me, my dream was to be a football player, I played football with a scholarship in Georgia while I was studying and Los Angeles. During my post graduate degree in I became interested in the company, and thanks to this and the fact that my cousin Paco, who is like a brother, started working, they bet me on the project».

A few years ago his parents sold sausages and beer in their store, today he has a trendy restaurant with an exquisite menu: «The company has undergone a brutal restructuring in recent years, thanks also to our partners, Life Gourmet, with which we go hand in hand in new projects like Torcuato or Raimunda restaurant”. Yes, we work on the weekends and we’re at restaurants at night.”


“It takes a lot to earn the respect of being such a young boss with so many responsibilities behind the staff.” Gonzalo admits that he is a bit stricter boss than Paco, although he is in a moment of transition because he has been in the company for a shorter time: «I try to lead by example, my day-to-day I meet people who are older than me. It is difficult to balance between me and being the boss and respect for me, and that because of the age issue I cannot go there to sweep ». Paco is on a different footing as he is a few years older than his cousin and has more experience due to his years ahead in the family business.

Many may think that everything is given to them because they are the children of the owners, but it is not so. It started from the bottom. «When I was 17 I started working extra in the summer to earn some money and later I worked as a waiter, washing dishes in the office, in the kitchen and after some time I was second in charge Worked as, and later a local in charge »says Paco.

Gonzalo and Paco Talavera


He considers himself very fortunate to be able to work in a company with such projection and weight of responsibility. They are currently focusing on their latest project “We created the musical ‘Malinche’, a place inside the Canela temple where you can have a beer and a snack and after the show it becomes a disco where Meccano Songs play,” they explain. And by 2023 he already has a common wish: “By the grace of God, we will have one of the most luxurious restaurants in Madrid.”

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