We had the good fortune of connecting with George Bedrosian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi George, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
My partner Patrick and I both come from Armenian backgrounds, born and raised in Los Angeles. Both our families moved to the United States in hopes of finding opportunity, building a new foundation and to raise a family. Without their sacrifice, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Growing up, they instilled the same moral compass, and work ethic they used in order to navigate a foreign land 50 something years ago. Patrick and I both went to the same school, and spent a good portion of pre-school all the way through high school together. Going to the same private Armenian school together really gave us a sense of community, and built a strong bond between not only us, but our fellow classmates that we still keep in touch with till this day. We took those same values with us into our adult years and applied them to our current and future endeavors.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Pyro Pat’s was founded by LA natives, and childhood friends Patrick Karadjian and George Bedrosian. We are a chicken restaurant specializing in Nashville style fried chicken. Pyro Pat’s was founded with high morals and ethics in mind. Our chicken is halal, and our ingredients are organic. About four years ago my friends and I discovered a place called Howlin Rays. Little did we know, they would eventually pave the way and jumpstart the entire hot chicken scene in Los Angeles. Two years later, with absolutely zero culinary experience, I quit my 9-5 and decided to dive head first into the Restaurant industry. Specifically Nashville style fried chicken. Soon after, I started working at another start up hot chicken joint, worked my way from the ground up, and became head of operations. Three years later, I found out that Patrick had a hot chicken concept in mind that he wanted to bring to life. I contacted Patrick with the intentions of picking his brain, but little did I know he had the same exact thing in mind. Shortly there after, we met for a few hours, and Pyro Pat’s was born. I was originally very hesitant and unsure of whether to venture out on my own, but the one thing I’ve learned over the years is that a closed mouth doesn’t get fed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have no shame in admitting that I’m a huge Disneyland guy and currently hold an annual pass. I’d plan a Three day trip to the happiest place on earth because for someone that is from out of town and visiting, one day is definitely not enough time to get the full experience of the park. The ideal day would start off with breakfast on Main Street USA, Specifically at Carnation Cafe, followed by a nice stroll up Main Street towards the castle, soaking in the sights and sounds of Disneyland. The rest of the day would be spent going on all the attractions, while enjoying all of my favorite Disneyland treats along the way. Micky shaped soft pretzel with cheese, popcorn, and a churro in that order. We’d then end the night with a grilled cheese and tomato bisque soup, while enjoying the painted sky that is Disneyland Fireworks. Last but not least, it wouldn’t be a complete trip without a few Los Angeles Kings games. Hockey and the LA Kings have been one of my biggest passions in life, going back to my days as a small boy, even as a baby as my father was an avid Kings fan. There is nothing like getting seats close to the ice, having a few beers and enjoying the action.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We owe everything to our parents and families. Without their tireless work and sacrifice, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Their continued love and support has also played an instrumental role in our success, and will continue to push us to be the best we could be.