Although he sometimes needs to walk with the aid of a cane, Navy veteran Dan Tapia
has excelled in the food and beverage industry for many years. After a high-end Beverly Hills restaurant fired him because the cane was supposedly off-putting to patrons, Dan decided to establish his own beer and wine garden
in Long Beach. His plan is to hire mostly veterans, including those who are disabled. While the restaurant is in its final phase of construction, Dan is keeping very busy. Last Sunday he demonstrated his mixology skills and walked away the winner of a prestigious holiday cocktail competition
, and this Saturday he'll be at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles participating in a panel discussion
featuring entrepreneurs who are rising stars in their respective fields. In the two video clips below, Dan discusses his passion for running restaurants, his firing and how that iniquity inspired him to launch his business.