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Meet Cyrus Batchan and Francis Miranda of N°8 in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cyrus Batchan and Francis Miranda.

Cyrus- Grew up helping at his family’s restaurants for over 20 years. He learned the ins and outs of the business from service to operations and managing a full-scale restaurant business. Went on to graduate from law school, but soon realized his first love- of the hospitality industry. His first restaurant opening experience was a restaurant/bar, Jade, in San Diego. From there he moved to Los Angeles to be amongst the dynamic food scene where is opened his successful bar, Lock & Key.

Francis- Francis comes from an accounting background and during his free time he has always enjoyed being around the hustle and bustle of the hospitality events space. He soon realized that his passion was in creating unique experiences and develop a fun space for people to enjoy their time and make memories.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Cyrus- There are always unexpected occurrences in building out any business, which is why my mentality is to “expect the unexpected, calculating the risks, and managing challenges.” The nature of this business is subject to what is going on in the rest of our community and nation.

An example would be when I opened a nightclub in 2007, and then the 2008 economic recession hit. There is a certain lifecycle in the business, and there will always be something to be repaired, so it is essential to be prepared to do what it takes to overcome the challenge.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about N°8 – what should we know?
Our company is a hospitality group, launching our first restaurant entity- Nightshade.

We place emphasis on building a sense of family as a culture at all of our properties. It is as simple as remembering each staff members’ birthdays. We couldn’t do what we do without our employees. They are our greatest asset and create relationships with them to build into that sense of community.

We are also constantly filling in the holes and help out with a lot of manual labor tasks. We were up late hours of the night before opening Nightshade drilling, sawing, etc…

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Nightshade photos by Wonho Frank Lee

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