We had the good fortune of connecting with Tommy Chin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tommy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Running a business as a new challenge after worked in corp for over 20 years. Things happened out of expectation sometimes. Turning a risk into an opportunity.
Stepping out of the comfort zone, and also trying to push myself to another stage.
What should our readers know about your business?
Nyonya Cafe – founded in June 2019. A quick service restaurant that serves south east Asian street food.
This business is the combination of my wife – Kelly and myself.
Kelly is the mastermind in the kitchen who makes the food and desserts mainly.
Myself – with 20 years of sales and operations in software industry. Totally new to the food business.
The combination of kitchen works and operations, come with what we have today. New business concept to serve meals with quick turnaround, lesser overhead, and most importantly – to not only sell the food but to provide best customer service and to promote the beauty of the south east Asian food culture to the public.
The biggest challenge was the pandemic in 2020 when it pretty much shut down all the operations with zero revenue. Facing the problem by trying out new channels and methods to sell during the pandemic. Converting the risk factors into potential revenue. We went through the past 2 years and found the new path to pursue. Adapting into the new trend and continue to offer something new to everyone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bayarea is a big melting pot. It depends on what the friend is looking for. Besides the tourist spots, we can pretty much get to all types of food we want.
A week long trip can go all the way to the north (Napa, Tomales bay, etc), and south (LA, San Diego).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Nyonya Cafe is a combination of myself, my wife, and the crew members. Many very supportive, helpful, and resourceful people around us (whom we call Friends) to keep us going. Too many to call out one by one. We sincerely appreciate you: Bunny, Din, Andrew, En You, Tommy, Rachel/Logesh,