By Max Efrein
Amanuel Gebremariam casually paces his restaurant, Zemams Ethiopian Cuisine, taking orders, checking up on customers, and bringing out food. Manager, cook, waiter, busser, he does it all.
I want to monitor everything,Â Gebremariam said.
Gebremariam came to the U.S. as a refugee more than 30 years from from Eritrea, an East African country just north of Ethiopia. After receiving an education first at the University of Maryland to study English as a second language and then the University of Arizona for a business degree, he worked a number of respectable jobs before concluding he wasn’t happy with what he was doing and decided to take a different path: the restaurant business.
My mother showed me how to cook, and I named the restaurant after my mom,Gebremariam said.
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