Tropical Smoothie Cafe

From Bail Outs to Burgers

One unlikely result of the recent financial crisis is a swell of ex-bankers trying their hands at running quick serves.

Amid the global financial crisis, with the world’s largest banks reporting losses in the billions of dollars, Duane Clark, a 24-year veteran of the commercial banking industry, did something he never expected to do: He opened a smoothie shop.

“I always swore I would never go into the restaurant business,” Clark says. “I always called it the beast. You live it, you drink it, you eat it—that’s your life.”

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