Podcast with Maiko Kyogoku, Restaurants Are A People’s Business

Today’s episode is with Maiko Kyogoku, the owner of the restaurant Bessou.

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  1. Twain Twain

    Thanks for sharing Maiko’s story. So interesting she made good use of her real estate experiences as much as her hospitality ones. It says loads about all the people and know-how entrepreneurs accumulate BEFORE they start up something.Their short ribs will have my eyes all over them the next time I’m in NY.https://uploads.disquscdn.c

    1. Gotham Gal

      the food is delish.

      1. Twain Twain

        It’s so true that the family restaurant business is what lots of immigrant kids avoid too! The parents usually push their kids to be doctors, accountants and lawyers in steady 9-5 employment instead of being entrepreneurs like them.My maternal Grandma had a family-run restaurant. She put her kids and her employees’ kids through school on that.My uncle in Canada is the only one of her 6 kids who later opened his own restaurants and HIS kids have become a dentist and other “white collar” professions.What Maiko said about how staff become family is so true and her Dad’s a remarkable guy to have the same people with him for 15/16 years. My mum is always sharing about how her childhood memories are of my Grandma’s crew at the family table for meals.My mum also says Grandma had a special “people’s touch” and that was probably from her restaurant experiences.