Steve Lauer has owned 67 restaurants in his career — 40 have been located in Larimer County.

So the 51-year-old has felt right at home preparing three new Fort Collins restaurants for openings this year.

"The restaurant world is a risky business," Lauer said. "But I'm kind of a foodie. I can't get enough of it."

Lauer began his restaurant empire as a 20-year-old Subway franchisee, using his parents’ life savings to start. He added to his success with Qdoba and TCBY ventures.

Next he'll launch Cabana, a Cuban restaurant to open in May; Mac’d Up, a gourmet macaroni and cheese spot scheduled to open in September; and Lei Lo, a Caribbean-inspired tapas restaurant due in October.

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