“It’s not just about money, it’s about doing the right thing and doing it well,” Farid Ali Lancheros, co-owner of Bogota Latin Bistro in Brooklyn, told El Diario la Prensa, the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City, and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States.

Farid, of a Palestinian father and a Colombian mother, met his life and business partner George Constantinou, when it was time to change his job as computer technician in a law firm. Another happy coincidence is they took a business course together that changed their lives.

On October 23, 2014, Farid was awarded an #ElDiarioELAwards presented by El Diario, continuing to highlight the great work at Bogota Latin Bistro and Farid’s overall entrepreneurial spirit.

Farid tells the newspaper the story of how he and George won a new business contest and landed a loan for their new business venture. In 2005, they opened Bogota Latin Bistro on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the neighborhood where they live with their twins and which will soon debut a second location.

The secret ingredient to success, confesses Lancheros, is social consciousness that he and his partner have grown for the benefit of its 73 employees and its community, which their restaurant group supports through various initiatives.

“Long before it was required by law, we guaranteed our staff a retirement plan, health insurance, paid days off and other benefits” said Farid, who was named Person of the Year for good employment practice by the Small Business Administration US in 2013.