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What Roy Choi can teach the Jews

By Rob Eshman

14 hours ago

Kogi co-founder Roy Choi poses for a portrait at 3 Worlds Cafe in Los Angeles on Sept. 12. Photo by Mario Anzuoni

I was sitting in Commissary, Roy Choi’s new restaurant on the pool deck of the Line Hotel in Koreatown, thinking about the secret of Choi’s success. 

It was my fourth time in the... read full article

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