Fresh Take on Traditional Mexican Fare Drew Owner of California Tortilla in Royersford to Chain-Restaurant Idea

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Sean Gray, owner of California Tortilla in Royersford, was drawn to the idea of working in a chain restaurant by the franchise’s fresh take on traditional Mexican fare, according to a staff report from

Gray was first introduced to the restaurant industry while studying graphic design and illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

However, once he graduated, he quickly realized his passion was in another field.

So he took a job as a chef and then an executive chef for numerous restaurants over the following  years.

He started doing restaurant consulting, until the company he was working for closed.

“Not long after the consulting company I was working for disbanded, an acquaintance of mine came across California Tortilla,” he recalled. “They told me to check it out because it was something different.”

While he was skeptical at first, the recipes and fresh ingredients quickly won him over.

“As a culinary chef, I really felt that I could stand behind the brand and feel proud of what we were serving in every option on the menu,” he said.

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