We had the good fortune of connecting with Seven Chan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Seven, how do you think about risk?
Life is short so risk is everything. We never know what will happen and theres no life worth living without risk. Even taking a conventional path comes with risks but maybe just not the same potential rewards. I moved here to Atlanta after selling my last company because destiny told me too, I had no idea what I would be doing with myself. My partner Ken left his career of over 15 years to go into business for himself. We met shortly after in real estate class thinking we would be real estate partners and an opportunity came up to open a restaurant seemingly out of thin air. We both were food people and liked the idea of starting poke but never really had the direct experience of working in it. We decided the risk was high but the potential was worthwhile. The potential was more than just have a successful business but it could be the start of an empire, a chance to have an impact on our city, and a chance to work toward our own definitions of happiness.
What should our readers know about your business?
Poke Burri and KSP Restaurant Group started in October 2016 with the goal of being the best poke in Atlanta. We were and still are just a small tiny hole in the wall and quickly became the most award winning restaurant of our kind in the city, and one of the most award winning restaurants in the city overall. I think we not only have the best poke in the city but we have one of the most famous secret menus as well featuring things like sushi donuts, corndogs and even pizzas. We went from this tiny place to now over 20 something restaurants open or in development in just a few years. The challenges never stop but I think the hardest ones come from faith, if we have faith and believe in what we do we get through anything and we’ve had no shortage of problems since we stared. But we do really see the future and an empire coming from humble beginnings and continue to just move forward. One of things we always believe in is just take a step forward on the business everything. I think this applies to any and every business. Most people get stuck in the day to day or going in the wrong direction but if you just take a step forward everyday on the business itself, its the recipe for success.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Of course check out Poke Burri and Lifting Noodles ramen, now with locations across the city and new ones to come. But personally when I’m free some of my favorite places are Tiny Lou’s at the Clermont, 8 Arm, and South Main Kitchen for food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Alyssa Fagien – ATL Bucketlist, John Alburl – Imprints Agency