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Episode Info: Born in Ethiopia, Beejhy Barhany made it to the USA by way of Kenya, Uganda, Europe, Isreal, and South America before setting roots in New York City. In 2000 Barhany founded Beta Israel of North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating about the culture and heritage Ethiopian Jews. In 2014  Barhany, and husband, Padmore John, opened Tsion Café in the historic Harlem district of Sugar Hill. 5 years later the café continues to thrive, serving the community as a place to put differences aside and to celebrate the arts over Ethiopian and Israel inspired food. Show notes… Favorite success quote or mantra: "Follow your instincts." In this episode with Beejhy Barhany we will discuss: Beejhy's childhood in escaping Ethiopia A general history of Ethiopian Jews The melting pot of Jerusalem when Beejhy arrived there Beejhy's early influences and mentors Beejhy's life in the Israeli army The importance of discipline The power of momentum, "keep moving" The importance of learning from other people who are very different from you The importance of travel Beejhy's time traveling through South America Why Beejhy settled in NYC The MASSIVE importance of community and helping others Very friendly competition Choosing a location for your business The hardships of dealing with contractors Obtaining permits for your business Scaling into a more robust liquor and beer selection The more you do, the better you become at doing Being true to who you are in life and your business The importance of being face-to-face with your guests Importance of training Advice for venues that want entertainment (live music) Introducing new and different cuisine to a market Today's sponsor: BentoBox helps restaurants grow their business through a connected suite of tools, offering them an integrated website to connect with their guests and drive revenue online. Restaurant owners and operators are able to easily update menus, promote specials, take catering and event inquiries, sell merchandise, gift cards and more. Revel Systems integrates front of house and back of house operations into a single dashboard. Designed to increase security, stability, ease of use, and speed of service, Revel’s streamlined ecosystem provides businesses with the right tools to grow. Learn more at     Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Determination What is your biggest weakness? Perfectionist What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Understanding and aligning with the vision What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Need to be more firm with staff Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Honesty, integration into our culture, all about family and providing a wholesome experience What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? What you are providing must be something you would want for you...
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