BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar at Highland Village in LeFleur East will celebrate 25 years of business in 2019.

The restaurant is the brainchild of two passionately driven, but very different, visionaries. Jeff Good: a gregarious, larger-than-life networker who never met a stranger; and Dan Blumenthal: a focused and intense culinary creative who thrives on adrenaline and controlled chaos. It’s a yin and yang relationship that has been at the heart of the business for a quarter of a century.

The journey of both is chronicled in a new book, The BRAVO! Way: Building a Southern Restaurant Dynasty, by Dawn Dugle.

The book takes an inside look at the creation of the restaurant through the success of their company is today.

“It all started with a late-night phone call that would revolutionize the restaurant industry in Mississippi,” Dugle says. “Everything would change because Good was about to lose his job.”

This all-access pass behind the scenes to learn the “secret sauce” of making a successful business – through sacrifice, fear and faith – is the first book from author Dawn Dugle, an award-winning storyteller.

Dugle spent 23 years as a broadcast and digital journalist and has a long writing career as well, writing for USA Today, The Austin American-Statesman, The Clarion-Ledger and many others. She works as the Creative Director for TeleSouth Communications, parent company to SuperTalk Mississippi and as the CEO of Dugle Media.

Dan Blumenthal and Jeff Good are the co-owners of Mangia Bene Restaurant Group that includes BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar, Broad Street Baking Company and Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint.

The physical book, published by Sartoris Literary Group, will be released November 1, 2018. It is now available for e-book pre-orders on Amazon.