Despite having zero restaurant experience, Jabron Taylor had a big dream: five locations of his spicy chicken concept, Blazin’ J’s.
“I love food, so I wanted to be in the restaurant industry,” he remembers.
In late September, less than three years after opening his first location on East King Street in downtown Lancaster, Jabron was on the campus of The College of New Jersey unlocking the doors to the latest Blazin’ J’s.
The expansion grew his spicy chicken kingdom to its fifth location — the others including a spot in the Park City Center mall, another in West Chester, and a mobile food trailer.
“I’m not a half-hearted guy,” Jabron says. “I always look at the greater picture.”
Wanting to be more
Growing up in inner city Lancaster, the third of seven kids, Jabron always had dreams bigger than his circumstances.
His mom and grandmother didn’t have a lot of money, he says, but they had a lot of love.
When he stepped outside his front door, though, Jabron remembers being surrounded by negativity.
“I always wanted to be more,” he says.
Jabron found the key to his success in working hard and believing in himself. When he had questions, he researched them online or learned from others in the industry.
“Before I was a leader, I was a great follower,” he says. “I still want to learn from other people, still want to take it all in.”