An Exclusive Interview with Restaurateur, John Lutgen
Owner of Prados, Roasted Coffee & Wine Bar, and Yo!Salsa shares his backstory and experience.
Emma: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?
John: I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
Emma: Did you go to college?
John: I went to Missouri Western to play football but didn’t graduate until I was an adult from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Emma: Are you married? Have any kids?
John: Yes, married to Stacey with four children.
Emma: What did you do previously for work?
John: I have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years.
Emma: How did you get the idea to start your business?
John: I always worked for large companies –started my business to focus on fresh, fun, flavorful food.
Emma: What support did you have when creating your business?
John: My wife and family have been a huge support – wouldn’t be here if not for them! I’ve also gotten tons of support from friends and extended family, along with supporters of our food truck.
Emma: When did you officially open for business?
John: May 2012 – Yolo’s Catering
April 2013 – Yo!Salsa Food Truck
October 2015 – Yo!Salso Taqueria
October 2018 – Roasted Coffee and Wine Bar
November 2018 – Prados
Emma: Why did you choose to come to the Meadows at Lake Saint Louis?
John: I wanted the area to be successful – a local company with a lot of ties to the area, hoping to bring in traffic to cater. Plus, it’s a beautiful center!
Emma: How have you seen your business succeed from the day you first opened to now?
John: We are still learning and growing in our journey with Roasted Coffee & Wine Bar and Prados. We anticipate a long successful run with all the things going on at the Meadows.