Founder and CEO, Salis Holdings
As the founder of one of the largest private holding companies in the Washington region, Steve Salis has quickly established himself as one of the leading consumer-focused serial entrepreneurs of his generation. Steve Salis made his mark in 2012 when he started the fast casual “pizza shop for the 21st century” called &pizza, creating one of the fastest growing retailers in the region. He successfully exited the business in 2019.
Known for originating, acquiring, scaling and transforming existing brands into profitable businesses, the holding company founded by Steve Salis has a diverse portfolio of companies including: Ted’s Bulletin, a popular all-day American eatery across six locations; Federalist Pig, an American BBQ restaurant and 2020 Bib Gourmand selection; Sidekick Bakery, a limited-service bakery and coffee shop with creative and proprietary product lines; Kramers, the iconic 44-year-old bookstore in Dupont Circle; Ensemble, a digital-driven food hall; Honeymoon, a premium chicken brand where fancy meets funky and 22 Real Estate Holdings, a commercial and mixed-use real estate vertical focused on investing and acquiring, covered-land and owner-occupied buildings making Steve Salis an extensive private real estate operator in the greater Washington area.