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Immigrant Hustle: 100 Success Stories from American Entrepreneurs Born Offshore — Mimmo Alboumeh

(Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza)

What’s your name, company name, and title?

Mimmo Alboumeh, Red Pepper Taqueria, Chef/Owner.

Which country did you emigrate from?

Lebanon

Why did you or your family decide to immigrate?

My family started migrating in the mid-’70s from Lebanon to Italy, Spain, then the USA in the late ’80s. I came to Atlanta in 1995.

What was the most difficult thing you faced when you arrived in the US?

I honestly was lucky because I had a large family here already. Adjusting to the American culture was easy, and people didn’t have so much hate and segregation like you see today.

What was your very first job?

I have worked in restaurants since I was 15 years old. My first job in Atlanta was at Don Juan Spanish Restaurant, closed now. It was very popular and one of the original restaurants in the city.

Why did you choose to become an entrepreneur?

At a very young age, maybe 8–10 years old, I was already helping my grandmother in the kitchen and in her small grocery store. She cooked all the time. The Chef dream was born then. I was blessed to have the ambition to become who I am. Of course, it only took 20 years to learn and build the business.

How did you raise the money necessary to launch your business?

Credit cards, loans, and partners. (My least favorite is having partners. It’s never easy for a chef to have another partner that isn’t from a chef background).

What was the most difficult thing you faced when you first started your business?

I was broke. I used all my credit limits and barely got by.

Why do you think you have been successful?

My unconditional commitment and determination to succeed. Treat every employee with respect and they will treat your guests even better.

What advice do you have for newly arrived immigrants that want to pursue the path of entrepreneurship?

We must learn the real facts in life; money cannot fix everything, but life experience can. Work for small and big companies, be patient and learn slowly. The entrepreneurship seeds will start growing before you know it.

Amine Rahal

RED PEPPER TAQUERIA BRIARCLIFF CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF SUCCESS

Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm

Location: Red Pepper Taqueria Briarcliff

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/3/16

RED PEPPER TAQUERIA BRIARCLIFF CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF SUCCESS

Celebratory Fiesta Featuring Food and Drink Specials, Live Music, and More!

 Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016

 Atlanta, Georgia (March 31, 2016) – Red Pepper Taqueria is celebrating the four-year anniversary of its Briarcliff location in Decatur with a giant fiesta on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. As a special thank you, Executive Chef and Owner Chef Mimmo Alboumeh is hosting a Customer Appreciation Pre-Party from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring two hours of complimentary signature margaritas, beer, and more for guests who RSVP and check-in on Facebook. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., live music will set the soundtrack for the rest of the fiesta as partygoers are invited to enjoy a special three-dollar menu that includes $3 RP margaritas, $3 “Mexican Break” shots and $3 craft beer, available at the bar. Of course, Red Pepper’s full dinner menu and oyster bar will be available along with its extensive tequila, local craft beer and signature cocktails selections. For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at www.eatredpepper.com or call 404-325-8151. To RSVP to the Four-Year Anniversary Customer Appreciation Pre-Party, visit, www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.

WHAT: 

Red Pepper Taqueria Briarcliff’s Four-Year Anniversary Fiesta

WHEN:  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Customer Appreciation Pre-Party – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (RSVP Required)

Live music – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 

Red Pepper Taqueria Buckhead

2149 Briarcliff Road

Atlanta, GA 30329.

 CONTACT:  

For more information, please visit Red Pepper Taqueria at eatredpepper.com

or call 404.325.8151.


CONNECT:

Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @redpepperatl and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.

ABOUT RED PEPPER TAQUERIA:

With two Atlanta locations, Red Pepper Taquería is considered one of Atlanta’s top dining destinations for Mexican cuisine. A direct reflection of Executive Chef and Owner Mimmo Alboumeh’s dedication and passion for always going above and beyond, Red Pepper Taquería features an impressive menu using only the finest and freshest locally sourced and organic ingredients.  Red Pepper Taquería is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends and is located at 2149 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 and in Buckhead at 3135 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305.  For more information, please visit www.eatredpepper.com.  Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @redpepperatl and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RedPepperAtlanta.

16 Best Oyster Happy Hours in Atlanta

The Deal: The duo of casual Mexican restaurants (they share a chef-owner with Sandy Springs' upscale steakhouse Maya) serves a dozen oysters for just $6 at its weekday happy hour.
When: 3–6 PM
What Neighborhood: Buckhead, Druid Hills

19 Atlanta Drink Specials to Quench Your Thirst

Get $3 Mexican Breaks, $3 Tecate beers, $3 select craft beers, and $6 house margaritas all day, every day at all Red Pepper Taqueria locations. Watching your waistline? Don't miss $5 skinny margaritas every Thursday. [Photo: Andrew Averso]

4 plates of nachos to dive into this weekend

Courtesy of Caren West

Courtesy of Caren West

The nachos at Red Pepper Taqueria are everything I want in nachos. Piled high and topped with all the usual suspects, there is rarely a time when I can even snap a photo because I eat them so quickly. It’s a nacho trance. Red Pepper starts with thick and sturdy chips and layers on their creamy white queso and refried black beans. Then you get the choice of chicken or steak (never an easy decision) and finally crisp iceberg lettuce, bright guacamole, fresh pico and tangy sour cream.

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Chef Mimmo’s Chicken Tortilla Soup at Red Pepper Taqueria

Hot Dish Review

Committed to creating an unforgettable dining experience for each and every guest, Mimmo Alboumeh’s contagious spirit has landed him a loyal following. Owner of MAYA Steaks & Seafood in Sandy Springs and Red Pepper Taqueria in Buckhead and Decatur, Mimmo boasts more than 20 years of experience in the culinary industry. Born in Lebanon, he grew up in Spain and spent time in Italy before moving to Georgia. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of Spanish cuisine, Mimmo has redefined the typical Mexican dining experience at Red Pepper Taqueria, offering signature dishes and brunch options bursting with flavor using locally sourced and organic ingredients, matched with an unparalleled tequila selection, and signature cocktails. (photos and bio courtesy of Caren West PR)
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Feast Your Eyes: Red Pepper Taqueria

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Attention: I have found my new favorite neighborhood eatery! 

Even though I’ve lived in Atlanta for almost two decades, I’ve never found a place I could be loyal to (I’m also entirely too much of  venturer, which doesn’t help). But Red Pepper Taqueria has stolen my heart. 

The best margaritas in town. Amazing guac. Some of the tastiest Mexican food I’ve ever had. Fresh oysters and ceviche. Decadent desserts. I’m hooked. 

Let’s start with the margs: I like ‘em simple. No strawberry-mango flavors, no mixers. Just the made-from-scratch stuff, poured over rocks, with a salted rim. But when I realized Red Pepper serves a blood orange margarita, I had to try it. It is to die for! Not at all sweet, a little tart — perfection. 

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Taco Thursday: Red Pepper Taqueria

Are you addicted to tacos?  So are the folks at Red Pepper Taqueria, and they would love nothing more than to help feed your taco addiction on a regular basis.

On the menu...12 varieties of handcrafted tacos all served on warm corn or flour tortillas.  Whether you like beef, chicken, pork, brisket, shrimp, fish, or veggies, there is likely one that will suit your taste.  And then there's the 'Giving Taco' which includes braised lamb, pickled onions, cilantro, queso panela, and ají chile remoulade.  And as the name implies, a portion of the proceeds is donated to local charities.

There are two locations, one in Buckhead and one in Decatur, and the menu includes a whole lot more than just tacos.  For more informationyou can go their website http://www.eatredpepper.com/.

If you have a favorite Mexican restaurant that you would like to recommend for 'Taco Thursday...With Buck', hit me up on FB athttps://www.facebook.com/messages/#!/BuckFOX5 or on Twitter athttps://twitter.com/BuckFOX5 and tell me all about it.