Former teacher Diana Dixon left the Virginia public schools after a 30-year career to open her dream restaurant in the community she knew well and understood. Pomegranate is thriving and often draws customers from as far as 30 miles away. Ex-salesman Thomas Sergio didn't fare as well: His dream eatery ended with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. In this article, the two share their stories of trying to turn their restaurant dreams into reality.

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