Paulie's was founded on mom-n-pop principles. Bernard and Kathy Petronella opened the restaurant in 1998 after saving for years through catering work. They named the restaurant after their son, Paul, who was 20 years old at the time. Paul worked off and on at the restaurant while completing college.
Paul took over the family business in 2007. After selling the second location at Holcombe & Kirby, Paul dedicated himself to make the original location at Westheimer the best he possibly could. He is a very hands-on owner, serving as Chef, General Manager, and Operator.
"I love to dive in and get my hands dirty. I break down my own proteins and personally order all of our products. Being hands on allows me to monitor and control all aspects of the business."
Paul travels to Italy once a year for inspiration and to broaden his education.
"Sometimes I bring back new dish ideas, sometimes I just tweak our current dishes. I'm always looking to evolve and change. Nothing is perfect, things can always get better."