What does it take to let the world know who you are and why you're here? Existential questions that have plagued mankind forever. Along life's journey we take the turns that lead us along a path. Some turns are handed to us or even forced upon us while others are all of our own making. To understand this and live a life based on this understanding is a good description of Neyah White.
The story he tells in our conversation is not so much a unique tale as it is a clear roadmap that led Neyah from the eastern shore of Maryland to a place behind a bar in San Francisco that opened the world to him. A small step that led to the wide world of cocktails as an innovator in the craft style of mixing that now permeates the better bars around the world. Then becoming a brand ambassador for Suntory Whiskey. A job that not only helped spread the word of mixology (and his humorous attitude toward the word) but also immersed him the modern Japanese culture. Then now recently back to his hometown of Chestertown, Maryland to build a business in a bar that many years ago he told the owner he would own someday.
There were too many great parts of his story that couldn't be left on the editing room floor. So, enjoy a short bonus track of his early years only at www.restaurantlegends.com
Neyah White and Thomas Kaylor
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This is Richard Melman, founder of the Chicago based multi-concept restaurant group…Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises with over 120 restaurants in operation now and several more on the drawing board.
The conversation, at times, sounded just like a couple of guys who haven't talked in awhile. Each reminiscing about the old days. But there are also peeks into how the mind of this very creative and successful restaurateur views surviving and flourishing in a very tough industry.