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Pauli’s restaurant in the North End specializes in fresh fast food, including salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, catering, and lobster rolls. Paul Barker is the restaurant owner.
Who or what inspired you as a child to start your own business?
I grew up in family businesses. My brother, sister, cousins, and I worked with my grandfather, uncle, father, and mother bagging groceries, waiting on customers, and stocking shelves.
It always amazed me to hear my grandfather talk about how he immigrated from Italy to Boston with no money, then worked two jobs, and brought his family over. The man had endless amounts of energy. He loved what he did and wanted to give us a better
opportunity. He inspired us all.
What is the best advice you’ve received from a family member?
The best advice I ever received was from my Uncle Joe which was three fold. First, don’t ever give up, and second, never settle and always try to surpass your expectations, rather than just meeting them. Third, out work everyone in everything you do, and you will be successful.
What do you like best about owning your own business?
I just love the challenge of taking nothing and making it into something.