Interviews

An Interview with Karan Gokani, Director, Hoppers

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The queues started snaking down London’s Frith Street in September 2015. They would often stretch 500 meters long. Sometimes people would wait outside longer than they’d be inside eating. The small dining room — just 40 seats — was packed out every night. This was the scene at Hoppers, JKS Restaurants’ first foray into the cuisine of Sri Lanka. In those early days, Director Karan Gokani chose to be on the front lines every night. “I was at the door for two years because I thought it was important to do that job, to make that impression,” he says. For...

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An Interview with JP & Elia Park, Co-Owners, Atomix & Atoboy

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“Hey, let’s go to dinner in Murray Hill!” said no one, ever, before our friends at Atoboy came along. The first restaurant from husband-and-wife team Junghyun (“JP”) and Ellia Park has been a hit since the day it opened in late July 2016. Diverting diners from nearby K-Town, their menu was an inspired take on the Korean tradition of banchan, a flurry of small dishes served family-style and best enjoyed with a warm bowl of rice. Last year they followed up with a more formal tasting counter, Atomix, which garnered two stars in the most recent Michelin Guide. And although...

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An Interview with Kevin Garry, Managing Partner, L'Artusi

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In the quest for longevity in the hospitality industry, it can be helpful to re-examine ongoing challenges with fresh eyes, a strategy exemplified by L’Artusi owner Kevin Garry. The West Village restaurant has been going strong for over ten years, and Kevin has helped steer the ship for more than half of them. We sat down with the opening GM-turned-owner to discuss how he stepped away from L’Artusi in 2013 to gain experience in a completely different sector of the business at Shake Shack, and how he’s applying those new perspectives since his return last year. Kevin, it’s wonderful to see...

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