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Inspiring Conversations with Joseph Badaro of Hummus Labs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Badaro.

Hi Joseph, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started my culinary journey seven years ago after I was laid off from a boutique accounting firm on new years eve. I decided to pursue my love for coining that next year by starting a catering business. After building a very strong reputation and customer base, I decided to follow my ultimate dream and open my first restaurant.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’m not sure how to describe the road I’m on and the journey. Having signed my lease in November of 2019, I never could have predicted my restaurant opening would coincide with the worst pandemic in 100 years. My health department plan walks through was four days after the first stay at home order.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I am the owner and operator of Hummus Labs. We specialize in Mediterranean cuisine with an Emphasis on Lebanese inspired flavors. It’s hard to say what we are known for since we have yet to reach our first full operational year. We did create a buzz-worthy dish though that had many people Excited, our shawarma nachos. I want to say the desire to get people excited about hummus. I know there has been a trend and the demand has grown but we were excited to offer people fresh made, flavorful hummus preservative-free and intricate flavors. We just want people to get excited about Mediterranean food.

What makes you happy?
Being in the kitchen. I knew I was going to end up in the kitchen at some point in my life. Didn’t expect it to be this early on but there’s nothing more exciting than running a line when there’s a line of tickets.

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