Q and A with Multi-Unit Franchise Owner, Mike Haskins

When Mike Haskins accepted a team member position at our Maumee, OH location, the college student and guitarist never expected it to launch his career. Or, to land him permanently in the Northwest Ohio area where he grew up. Today, however, the 33-year-old franchise owner operates two restaurants – in Maumee and Toledo – and continues to thrive (and jam) in the neighboring communities he calls home. Read on to learn more about Mike’s background and experience as a Zoup! franchise owner.

Q: Why did you choose this location? 

I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. I have a lot of family in the area, and Northwest Ohio has always been home to me. It’s important to me to own a business in the area I grew up in!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? 

I’m in two bands right now. We play about 3-4 nights a month, on the weekends. One of the bands plays blues, jazz, rock, and classic rock and the other plays at private parties such as weddings and events.

Q: Do you think being involved in your bands has given you any additional skills to be a successful business owner?

Being part of a band has many similar qualities to being a business owner. Communication between band members and employees is crucial for either to work. Everyone has to know their role and be able to communicate and work together for a band to play correctly and same for a business to run smoothly. 

There’s also a lot of places and other local businesses that my band has played where I’ve met other Toledo business owners. I think my music has gotten me a ton of both business and personal connections. 

Q: What do you think sets your Zoup! apart from other restaurants? 

I think something that sets Zoup!’s apart in general, is that they are locally owned and operated. Other businesses and corporations don’t have that direct connection to the community. So when people see the owner or GM of a Zoup! out in the local community, and recognize them, I think that’s important.

Mike Haskin’s Zoup!’s are located in Toledo and Maumee, OH.

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