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RESTAURANT + RETAIL presented by Helbraun Levey

Thursday, July 25 | 6-9 pm | Anchin's Office

Join us for an insightful Restaurant + Retail panel discussion featuring esteemed leaders who have successfully transitioned from the restaurant industry to launching their own CPG companies. Our panel includes Dario Wolos, Founder & CEO of Tacombi, Kiernan Laughlin, General Manager of Deep Indian Kitchen, Marguerite Mariscal, CEO of Momofuku, and Teepoo Riaz, Of Counsel to Helbraun Levey. They will delve into the motivations behind launching CPG products, the impact of CPG on their brand and restaurant business, and their goals for the CPG venture. Gain valuable insights into their journey, challenges faced, and lessons learned.


  • Dario Wolos (Founder & CEO of Tacombi)

    Dario Wolos

    Founder & CEO of Tacombi


    Dario Wolos was born in Elmira, New York and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, his mother’s hometown. In 2005 at age 28, Dario returned to Mexico to launch Tacombi in the beach town of Playa del Carmen, refreshing a business plan he wrote during university.
    His vision for Tacombi was to be a global brand sharing a unique perspective on Mexican Hospitality, which would invest back into Mexican communities. He moved the business to New York City in 2010 and introduced Tacombi as a lively, authentic taqueria experience and limited service restaurant in downtown Manhattan.
    Today Tacombi has locations in New York, Miami, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and is an omni-channel business, including eDelivery and a fast-growing CPG effort, Vista Hermosa. The Tacombi Foundation mirrors this growth by continuing to scale nationally, having donated over a million meals since 2020. Dario and his wife, Joana, live on the Bowery in New York City with their son, and daughter.

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  • Kiernan Laughlin (General Manager at Deep Indian Kitchen)

    Kiernan Laughlin

    General Manager at Deep Indian Kitchen


    Kiernan Laughlin is the GM of Deep Indian Kitchen, which he co-created, launched, and has led across
    functions since its inception in 2018. Deep Indian Kitchen is a rapidly growing emerging food brand sold in over 22,000 stores nationwide, with 2 fast-casual restaurants in the New York area. It is wholly owned and manufactured by Deep Foods Inc, a family-owned Indian food company, of which Kiernan is also EVP. Kiernan has over 18 years of commercial and general management experience in the CPG industry across small and large companies, including various prior roles at Gorton’s Seafood, Unilever, Reckitt, and Johnson & Johnson Consumer. Kiernan holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in suburban New Jersey with his wife, two children, and their dog.

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  • Marguerite Zabar Mariscal (CEO of Momofuku)

    Marguerite Zabar Mariscal

    CEO of Momofuku


    Marguerite Zabar Mariscal is the CEO of Momofuku. Marguerite joined Momofuku in 2011 as an intern. She was named Brand Director in 2016, after taking on design and communications for the group, and promoted to Chief of Staff and Creative Director in 2018. In 2019, Marguerite became CEO of Momofuku. She's been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30), and in outlets like the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune and Yahoo Business. Marguerite has lived in New York City every year of her life except four majestic years in Maine.

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  • Teepoo Riaz (Of Counsel at Helbraun & Levey LLP)

    Teepoo Riaz

    Of Counsel at Helbraun & Levey LLP


    Teepoo Riaz is Of Counsel to Helbraun Levey. He leads the Consumer Packaged
    Goods practice, advises on high-value deals and issues, and serves as outside general
    counsel to companies who need an experienced, trusted, and pragmatic partner to
    assist them on everything from planning for the future in turbulent times to daily
    business operations.

    Combining extensive in-house, AmLaw 100 law firm, and hands-on industry experience,
    Teepoo has been at the intersection of law, business, and lifestyle for more than 20
    years. He is the former general counsel and corporate secretary of FreshDirect, a
    leading e-commerce grocer whose sale he led to Netherlands based multinational
    grocer, Ahold Delhaize. He is a collaborative partner to all clients, bringing his skills in
    strategic decision making, fearless advocacy on evolving issues, and excellence in law
    and business to achieve clients’ goals while minimizing risk.

    Teepoo partners with companies to identify opportunities, preserve options, and protect
    agility while anticipating business, reputational, ethical, safety, security, regulatory, and
    legal risk. He has extensive experience across all areas of a managing and running
    business: board of directors and executive advising, corporate governance, equity and
    debt financings, policy and governmental relations, compliance (including food safety,
    people safety, and licensing), commercial contracts, consumer-facing interactions
    (including both e-commerce and retail), purchases and sales of businesses, intellectual
    property, complex litigation management (including class actions), technology, and real

    In addition to being a lawyer and business partner, Teepoo is a restaurateur, chef, and
    active community member. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, he
    externed at Eleven Madison Park, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in Manhattan. He has a
    strong entrepreneurial bent who opened and ran an upstate New York restaurant and is
    now a partner in FERN, a restaurant in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.

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