Have you ever wondered what happens to pro athletes once they leave the sports spotlight behind? I have. It seems that some simply fade into sports history, others fall on hard times and then there are those that transition into new careers. Often times those new careers have to do with the restaurant business. Take for example Don Shula. He went from being a NFL player to NFL Coach and then a prosperous restaurateur. Shula, however, isn’t the only one to trade a playing field in for a kitchen. Other former pros that went into the food business after retirement include Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Ditka, John Elway and now Salman Agah.
About Agah’s skate career
For younger skate fans that haven’t been following the sport for very long, Salman Agah was a pro skateboarder who was known for developing the switch stance. He had a lengthy and illustrious pre- X-Games skateboarding career that included skating with the Bones Brigade and being named the “Most Influential Skater of the 1990s” by Transworld magazine. He also has an affinity for the board room as well as the skateboard.
About Agah’s business
Agah founded several businesses over the years like the Skaterade Beverage Company and his newest venture, Pizzanista in downtown Los Angeles. Staying true to his skateboarding roots, Agah oftentimes delivers pizzas using his skateboard instead of a motorized vehicle. Imagine what it would be like to be a skate fan in L.A. and have a legendary skater like Agah show up at your doorstep on his board with a fresh, hot, New York style pizza in his hands. Now that is a service not every pizza shop can lay claim too. It is also an excellent example of a differential marketing strategy at its finest. Rumor also has it that the pizza he makes tastes good too. Agah owns and operates the pizzeria with his wife Price Latimer Agah. Prices are said to range from $3 for a slice up to $31 for a whole pie. Skateboarders that live outside Pizzanista’s two mile delivery area may want to make it a point to go to 2019 East Seventh Street in person, grab a slice and give a shout out to Agah. The pizzeria is open year round, Tuesday through Sunday, with hours varying by the day of the week.
My children are skateboarders and I have a history of following the sport. In addition, I have degrees and experience in marketing and restaurant management.
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