Two former Missouri Western students are chasing the entrepreneurial dream. Lino’s Italian Cuisine in East Hills Mall is owned by Gabe Palmer and Dylan Bishop. The two have paired up to offer New York style pizzas, specialty pasta, build-your-own pasta meals, as well as catering options for local businesses in St. Joseph. Gabe Palmer began ownership of Lino’s in December of 2019 and has enjoyed being able to provide to the community ever since. 

 “I love being an active member of the community and hope to inspire others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Owning my own business has been a dream of mine for many years. If you want to own your own business, be prepared for some long nights and hard work, but if you are passionate about what you do, it is totally worth all of your effort.”

Dylan Bishop has also had a dream of owning his own business for as long as he can remember. 

“My favorite part about owning a small business is serving the community and just giving back any way that I can. I have lived in the area my whole life and I am grateful to be able to do something I am passionate about while getting to see people that I care about every day.”

Palmer and Bishop offer special deals to Missouri Western students and hope that organizations on campus can take advantage of them as well. For any Missouri Western student, they will give you 10% off of your order, whether that be for a single slice of pizza, or for a larger order for your organization’s meetings or parties. 

Lino’s also offers meal deals, such as a $5.99 meal which includes a slice of pizza, a garlic knot, and small drink, or a $9.49 meal which includes two slices of pizza, a garlic knot, and small drink.

While Lino’s is located in the mall, the restaurant values its small business feel. Manager Alecia Gibson has enjoyed her relationship with Palmer and Bishop because they have given her the independence to run the business if either owner is gone for the day. 

Gibson stated, “It’s really nice to have a personal connection with my owners. I have worked at fast food restaurants and here it is a lot less stressful. Gabe and Dylan give us the opportunity to be able to take the reins on things when we need to, and that is my favorite part about working at a small business. They give me the responsibility to be able to do what I feel is necessary if they are not here and it is really nice.”

Bishop had a message for students who may be thinking about opening up their own business.

“If you are thinking about opening up your own business, you have to be willing to take the risk because you never know what could happen. I mean COVID has changed so much about how businesses run today. But if this is something you want to do, you should go for it and enjoy the ride.”

Check Lino’s Italian Cuisine out on Facebook @linospizzastj. If you check-in on their page, you’ll get a free garlic knot!

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