Demian Repucci is a startup founder, designer, creative consultant, and author.
He has designed spaces and environments such as retail, restaurants and exhibits.
Demian has consulted on business design, brand development, product concepting, and design.
In 2015, Demian opened Bruno Pizza, in New York City’s East Village.
After a tumultuous three and a half years in business, Bruno Pizza was destroyed by water damage from an upstairs fire and ultimately forced to close.
Demian wrote and published a book about his experience trying to navigate through all of the dangerous terrain of New York CIty Commercial Real Estate to build, open, and then run a busy restaurant in a highly competitive market.
‘Burnt: A Trial By Fire Education In The Cruel World Of New York City Commercial Real Estate And Hospitality’ can be found on Amazon here.
Demian’s personal experience dealing with commercial property search, lease negotiations, city permits, and space buildouts was the inspiration that gave birth to his concept for a new product to help other small business owners such as himself through a process very much weighted against them.
This concept eventually developed into Parslii, a startup business in the commercial real estate space that he recently launched.
You can check out Parslii here.
Demian has won two James Beard Foundation awards for ‘Best Restaurant Design’.
First for his work with Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago in 2002.
And again in 2016 for his design of his own Bruno Pizza in New York City.