We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Tchamanian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacob, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting this business was not a new thing for me. I always say that I only ever worked for another person once in my life. That was my first job when I was 17. It was very short lived because I realized, as early as then, that I would only ever work for myself. From that point on, that’s exactly what I’ve done
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I was born in Beirut, Lebanon just before civil unrest made it impossible to live a normal life for my parents and three siblings. My parents, also natural born entrepreneurs, brought our family to the United States in the early 1970’s. I was a teenager eager to make my way in my new world. I worked in my parent’s single fast-food restaurant after school and on weekends. I enjoyed life and didn’t miss any social gatherings with friends or family. Hard work and enjoying its rewards was and continues to be a way of life for me. The success of my brand is the story that preceded it. And it’s a true story. I grew up in a culture that values family, industry and good food. It sounds simple, but these are the core elements that not only define me, but are at the heart of my brand. We are a family-owned business. We thrive on building a corporate structure to support our growing model. We love the product that we serve, which, naturally, is the best Lebanese Mediterranean cuisine that is being served by a multi-market, fast-casual concept today. We cant go wrong.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Obviously, based on the multi-state operations of Bok Bok, it would depend the city that my best friend would visit me at. In Los Angeles area, spending a Friday or Saturday night at Carousel Restaurant would be a must! Besides the exceptional and impressive feast that they display for your pleasure, they also have live international, music representing many nationalities including French Italian, Armenian, Arabic and a belly dancing show with a very talented group of dancers, great flavor of international atmosphere. Then, no visit in LA is complete, if you don’t attend Lakers, Clippers or a dodgers game (season and Covid permitting).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My life partner Silva Chamanian and I started Bok Bok Chicken in 2018, but always possessed a passion for food alongside our Armenian culture. She has been a restaurant investor for many years at one of the most popular Armenian restaurants in Los Angeles, Carousel, in addition to owning and operating a string of awarded fast-casual brands including The Terrace Sidewalk Café in Downtown Pasadena. Atop of her numerous business ventures, it has been her vision to develop a new restaurant concept in an untapped market on a local, national and international scale. Silva and I took family recipes passed down from generations and created a simple menu that highlights Mediterranean flavors in a setting where guests can feel like family. We opened the first-ever Bok Bok Chicken in Las Vegas to great reception and quickly expanded as the diverse cultures and neighborhoods throughout the valley presented an opportunity for the brand to share our dishes to a larger community
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