For those of you who haven’t had a Rush Bowl, Andrew Pudalov the owner and founder, would think you are crazy.
Before we even got into the interview Andrew’s first question for me was, “Have you ever had one of our Rush Bowls?” I cautiously answered no, knowing Andrew would react in disbelief. Sure enough, Andrew gave me the priceless, stunned reaction and had a bowl made up for me right away. I tried their signature Beach Bowl and let’s just say if I ever want another smoothie or fruit bowl I know where I’m going to get one!
Learning about Andrew’s background I found that he came from a long career in finance, very diverse from what he is doing now. He lived in New York City with his wife and kids. Andrew decided to give up his finance career and start Rush Bowls because he decided it was time to start something new.
Andrew and his family had travelled out West time to time so they knew a little thing or two about Boulder. He and his family chose Boulder because of the great schools, good environment, wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities, and our educated population.
Andrew mentioned to me that he had always wanted to eventually start a business and work for himself, but he had to find the right passion first. I asked Andrew if there were any struggles getting Rush Bowls started. He laughed, saying of course there were and there are still struggles every day. Andrew summed it up nicely saying, “Nothing is easy. If it’s easy, then you’re doing it wrong.”
His main goal in starting Rush Bowls was to provide healthy food, that tasted good, and food that people would really enjoy. Seeing their menu with the 40 different flavors and learning of the successes of expanding the bowls to 30 states, I think Andrew definitely achieved his goal. He explained to me it wasn’t easy though. Getting Rush Bowls in stores and across the country took time, effort, and a ton of marketing.
With all his success, Andrew always gets asked if he’ll franchise and expand. Someday he plans to franchise, but right now Andrew wants to focus on the wholesale side because it is growing immensely.
If you’re ever on Boulder’s University Hill don’t forget to check out and try Rush Bowls! Andrew’s personal favorites are the Energy Bowl and the Power Bowl. Go and discover your favorite bowl soon!