Leave the Cooking to Larry

Plano's Go-to Caterer with a Heart of Gold - Meet Larry Goldstein

Armed with a passion for hospitality, Larry Goldstein, a Detroit native turned Texan entrepreneur, began his journey with a pursuit of a college degree in hotel and restaurant management. This sparked his journey into lifelong entrepreneurship.

Larry opened his first restaurant at the young age of 21. For nearly four years, his restaurant operated seven days a week in Michigan's blue-collar district. A strategic buyout paved the way for his next chapter, where he went into business with a close friend in Toledo, Ohio. This new business venture led him to steer a bagel shop's deli section while honing his dough and bagel craftsmanship skills.

In 1976, Larry and his wife, Susan, moved to Plano, where they operated as a husband-and-wife team to open the first Bagelstein, an iconic venture lovingly referred to as the "Jewish McDonalds". Over the next 22 years, the business grew from a small bagel shop to a sprawling 10,000-square-foot restaurant.

A buyout in 1998 allowed Larry to take some time off and savor life's pleasures. Yet, his culinary calling beckoned, and in 2001, Catering by Larry was formed and continues to be the place where he serves today.

Beyond the kitchen, Larry's philanthropic heart beats, with contributions to various organizations and active roles in Plano and McKinney Business Chambers. At 75, Larry maintains a robust lifestyle, cycling at White Rock Lake, walking on his treadmill and venturing into yoga. His story is about entrepreneurial triumph, community engagement, and a passion for creating unforgettable culinary experiences.

Contact Larry to cater your next event at 469-733-2023.

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