My first food industry job was at Old Country Buffet in Toms River, NJ – I was a line server and moved up quite quickly into a supervisor role because I was also in retail for 22 plus years, where I realized my joy was keeping customers happy – I am a people person and big on keepin’ folks happy! MY WHY is actually a WHY NOT….why not share my country’s food where I am from (Trinidad and Tobago) – the food is on a whole other level….the flavors are nothing you have ever tasted before, I guarantee it! I choose to make this my career because after that many years in retail and seeing people laid off and being laid off myself I figured I can work hard for myself just as well as I can work for someone else…but mainly to bring a new flavor to Delaware as there isn’t any other Trinidad and Tobago restaurant here! I plan to expand and am working on securing a grant to do the expansion.
My advice is that if you have a dream, make sure it’s BIG…and follow it! you Don’t allow anyone to take away from what you believe in – you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. There will be obstacles but they are called OBSTACLES for a reason….they are put in your path and made for you to get over them. COVID was my obstacle never thought I’d make it through (I opened in Dec 2019) – but I see the light at the end of the tunnel coming soon. DREAM BIG AND GO AFTER YOUR DREAMS! The food industry is hard, don’t get me wrong – but what isn’t hard?! If you’re gonna do it, do it right.
Chef/Owner Nikki Ali is bringing a taste of Trinidad & Tobago to Delaware – it’s unlike anything you’ve experienced!