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A Note From Alon

 

At Pomegranate Hospitality, we will work to create an organization of meaningful and lasting relationships, that will include dining, community engagement and opportunities for all involved to prosper and achieve their personal and professional goals. Throughout history, the pomegranate has been a symbol of fruitfulness and goodness in many different cultures around the world. It’s made up of hundreds of beautiful seeds, filled with life, all of which contribute equally to the ability of the plant, as a whole, to survive and prosper. I have always felt a connection to the pomegranate as a cook, but I also believe in it as a metaphor: I like what it stands for.

 

Throughout my career, I have found that I’m happiest when I’m around people that I can learn from—people who inspire me to do better. This work feels most meaningful to me now when I can inspire others to follow their dreams, help them reach their potential, and grow into something greater than any one of us could do on their own. Like a pomegranate, I can choose to be a part of something that will blossom into abundance, beyond the promise of each individual seed. Pomegranate Hospitality seeks to embody and uphold this philosophy—it will be the very measure of our success.

 

This spring, I am so excited to share with you the opening of two restaurants which will continue to tell a powerful story through food. We will open Saba in Uptown New Orleans, meaning grandfather in Hebrew, and Safta, meaning grandmother, in the River North District of Denver. While I am so excited about opening Safta in Denver this spring and growing with the community there, New Orleans is and will always be my home. Grandmothers and Grandfathers have many stories to tell about a life’s worth of experiences; Saba and Safta want you to hear them through food and drink.

 

With gratitude,

Alon Shaya

 
 
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