The restaurant industry has been ravaged by the pandemic, but one business owner is trying to help the only way he can. This week, Joe chats with the Sam Mustafa, CEO of the Charleston Hospitality Group, who is spearheading the “Full Belly, Full Hearts” initiative. “Full Belly, Full Hearts” is a Nationwide movement to provide free hot meals daily to hospitality workers, their families, and frontline first responders during the COVID-19 health crisis.
About Sam Mustafa:
An engineer by training and an entrepreneur by choice, Sam Mustafa is a hard-working businessman who is dedicated to building his restaurant group and giving back to the community of Charleston that has given so much to him. While still an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University’s College of Engineering, Mustafa began working multiple fast-food jobs and ultimately saved up enough money to purchase his first restaurant, a tiny Carbondale Illinois eatery he named Sam’s Cafe. Few could have predicted that Sam’s Cafe would one day give rise to a multi-million dollar hospitality empire whose portfolio of brands and services now include fine & casual dining restaurants, entertainment venues and catering.
In 2008, Sam Mustafa founded the Charleston Hospitality Group, a fast-growing company that now owns and operates ten restaurants and bars in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. As CEO of the Charleston Hospitality Group, Sam works tirelessly to ensure that both Charleston’s visitors and residents have access to endless options for exceptional dining, unforgettable travel, and sizzling nightlife that fits their mood, whatever that mood may be.