From Humble Beginnings to Giant Success

Jason Savino never planned to own a catering empire and yet, even at age 13 he showed promise of entrepreneurship when he started his first business. He began by washing cars, then hiring help to detail cars, then eventually owning a number of car care businesses. The pattern continued when Jason moved from New York to Florida. He started out slow with his ingenious invention of a portable bar to be used in party rooms with no bar area. He acquired a liquor license, approval for a portable beverage station, liability insurance and he was on his way. After repeatedly being asked to provide appetizers, Jason summoned a friend of his up north who was in the clambake business and this initiated the birth of a catering operation for him. Within the first three years, his company, “Potions in Motion” became the largest mobile liquor and catering business in the state, and then, in the country. Soon he had sixty employees, eleven full time chefs and almost $3 million in sales in his most recent year, up from $40,000 at the start.

As this first move into catering took off, soon Jason became known in the industry and owned five or six top companies. Next,it was a natural progression for him to become interested in restaurants. He began to build and soon owned restaurants in posh country clubs such as The Oaks and Heron Bay. Success brought more success when he sold these restaurants and made a move toward even bigger and better in partnering with GL Homes, noted developers of luxury residences.

He has now contracted for an enormous venture in a new community. Jason Savino will own and build the clubhouse and three restaurants in “Seven Bridges.” Jason said that “three restaurants in a country club community has never been done before.” This clubhouse is no small undertaking. It will be 30,000 square-feet showcasing three restaurants and the ultimate in amenities. The 800 elegant homes will range from $1 to 3 million with on-site clubs and interest groups from a book and garden club to a walking club, various card clubs, a wine club and, of course, a golf club. Complementing three gorgeous outside pools (with a waterpark for kids) will be a Gelato Bar, an Espresso Coffee Bar and a Viennese style pastry area. With a camp for kids during school breaks, a full-court basketball area and a pizzeria with a $30,000 oven brought in from Italy, it is almost guaranteed that “Seven Bridges” will be the ultimate in uniqueness, style and grandeur — it has it all. To assure the utmost in luxury living, there will be a special ‘Life- style Director” who will be arranging wine tastings, cigar evenings, fitness and tennis activities and more. “It’s like a cruise,” smiled Jason, “but on land.”

It is the restaurants that have Jason’s focus. As owner and head of the Potions in Motion team, he will handle 3 different dining experiences: the more casual outdoor dining and bar on the pool deck in which food and beverages are brought to the guests, a “Lounge and Tapas Bar” for Happy Hours and evenings socializing with friends, and the high end Prime 7 Steakhouse. Jason is working with interior decorators and international space designing specialists to create a dramatic and exquisite dining destination that won’t soon be forgotten. He revealed a plan to include a floor-to-ceiling wine display as he busily worked to assure that the massive preparations were completed in time for “Cinco de Mayo” (May 5) holiday celebrations. He made sure that every detail was planned and scrutinized to assure the highest, finest, quality.

Jason Savino is a hard working and appreciative man, proudly mentioning that he emulates his parents. His mother is a nurse and his father is in the car business, “and they have always been humble.” Jason is also a devoted family man with two small boys, Max and Myles, and his wife, Tara, by his side. She has been an integral part in all of this hospitality success. With over a decade in the industry, Tara’s knowledge and inspiration has rounded out this power couple.

Jason concluded, “I am always thankful for the opportunities I’ve gotten and I value being asked to do and try new things.” As Jason’s idol, Richard Branson, once said, “If someone offers you and amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later.” Perhaps following that advice has been the genius behind Jason Savino’s success.

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