Neighborhood staple Bogota Latin Bistro was recognized this past Friday for their job creation within the community as well as their commitment to ethical values in business management. The award, presented by the Business Outreach Center, is well-deserved given the company’s dedication to their community and employees.
The restaurant, founded by neighbors George Constantinou Fernandez and Farid Ali Lancheros, has created an estimated seventy jobs, many of which are positions held by Park Slopers.
“We are a company that puts people over products,” Farid explains.
This priority shows in their policies. The restaurant offers paid time off, health insurance, and a 401K plan to their employees– benefits that are rarely found in “one-unit-operation restaurants” like Bogota Bistro.
Of course, the restaurant isn’t a staple only for its active involvement in the neighborhood. Their South American cuisine, which focuses on Colombian dishes, has earned them loyal customers.
Stop by and check out Farid’s personal favorite: the Bandeja Paisa.
“It means ‘Country Platter’ and it’s a national dish of Colombia. It’s the best thing that one would offer a guest, should someone be visiting your home.”
Made with skirt steak, pork rinds, plantains, fried egg, avocados, and white arepa, the dish is a “bountiful platter” and the restaurant’s best-selling meal.
Bogota Latin Bistro is located at 141 5th Avenue, at St. John’s Place.
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