On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Bogota Latin Bistro co-owners Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou had the unique honor of meeting U.S. President Barack Obama as he signed an order directing the Labor Department to expand the class of employees entitled to overtime pay.
“Unfortunately today, millions of Americans aren’t getting the extra pay they deserve,” Mr. Obama said in an 11-minute ceremony in the East Room of the White House. He said that a federal rule meant to limit overtime “for highly paid, white-collar employees” now covers workers earning as little as $24,000 a year.
“Overtime is a pretty simple idea,” Mr. Obama said. “If you have to work more, you should get paid more.”
Bogota co-owners Farid and George were recognized as business leaders who offered their employees fair wages including overtime pay.
The morally-minded entrepreneurs have been previously recognized for running an incredibly successful restaurant by the U.S. Small Business Administration and for providing ethical standards in the workplace by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (“ROC”) United. Bogota Latin Bistro is one of a small number of restaurants that provide their employees with health insurance and 401k plans.
“To be personally invited by the White House to come meet the President of the United States of America in addition to standing next to him as he signs an Executive Order in the East Wing is one of the most momentous occasions of my life, right next to becoming a father,” said Farid.
“Meeting President Obama at The White House was a mind blowing experience,” George said. “Hopefully he will accept the invitation to come to Bogota Bistro.”
DINE OUT FOR A CAUSE
This coming Tuesday, January 28, Bogota Latin Bistro holds a fundraiser for Brooklyn Pride.
We will be donating 10% of this evening’s revenue to Brooklyn Pride and the work they do for the LGBT community in addition to supporting the Annual LGBT Pride Parade held in Brooklyn.
All you need to do is drink and dine. We’ll do the rest. Please “SHARE” this with your friends.
Reservations can be made by calling us at 718-230-3805.
The mission of Brooklyn Pride, Inc. is to produce Pride and community events that commemorate, educate, promote and celebrate the spirit of the Stonewall Riots. This is a year round endeavor, culmination with an Annual 5K Run, Multicultural Festival and Parade.
Evelyn Madden has joined the Bogota Latin Bistro Team as Director of Human Resources.
With over 15 years experience in Human Resources working for both domestic and international companies, she has been responsible for inspiring organizational productivity and efficiency in growing organizations through the development of highly effective HR policies, procedures and best practices, while creating key relationships with senior managers and staff.
Over the span of her career, Evelyn held senior human resources positions in a variety of industries including, IT consulting, entertainment, airline, fashion, insurance, and printing paper manufacturer.
Her areas of responsibilities include, recruitment/retention, employee relations, performance management, benefits, compensation and learning & development.
She is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and talent, and helping individuals achieve success in their careers.
Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brooklyn College and resides in Brooklyn.
Welcome to Team Bogota, Evelyn.
For the fourth year in a row, Bogota Latin Bistro has made the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.
Inc. magazine, founded in 1979 and based in New York City, is a monthly publication focused on growing companies. The magazine publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the “Inc. 500.” The Inc. 5000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which ranks the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies.
According to the 2013 Inc. 5000 List, Bogota Latin Bistro is the 8th-ranked company in the Food & Beverage industry in the state of New York.
Bogota Latin Bistro’s overall rank is #4569 for the year 2013 and the restaurant has grown 48% within the past three-years. Co-Owners George Constantinou and Farid Ali Lancheros represented Bogota at the Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, Oct. 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
“2013 has been a great year for Bogota Latin Bistro,” said co-owner Constantinou. “Farid and I are excited that Bogota made the Inc. 5000 List again. It’s an awesome feeling to be placed on an astonishing list of the nation’s brightest, most successful business minds.”
(PHOTO - From left to right: Dorlis Alferoff from Vital Planning, Bogota Co-Owner George Constantinou, Marybeth Sullivan of ShadesofFun.com, and Bogota Co-Owner Farid Ali Lancheros.)
Bogota Latin Bistro was honored with the 2013 New York Enterprise Report Small Business Award for Leadership. The winners were revealed during an awards reception on Wednesday, October 9th at the Hilton New York in Manhattan.
“In this competitive space, companies need to be creative in how they do business,” said Robert Levin, CEO & Publisher of The New York Enterprise Report. “Out of the 500,000+ businesses in the area, these eight businesses used exemplary methods to increase revenues this year.”
The New York Enterprise Report Small Business Awards is the annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of the 500,000+ small businesses throughout the tri-state area.
The owners and team at Bogota Latin Bistro gladly accept the recognition.
“We’re incredibly honored to be the recipient of this year’s award in leadership. We pride ourselves as on organization in leading by example and will continue to strive to be one of the best in the industry,” said co-owner Farid Ali Lancheros.
For more on the New York Enterprise Report (NYER Awards) visit the HJMT Newsroom.
So what’s next for Bogota Latin Bistro?
View this video of Co-Owner George Constantinou providing an update on what’s next for the Colombian/Pan-Latin restaurant.
Our friends at CHiPS (Park Slope Christian Help) have been in the business of helping those in-need for more than 40 years (they have a great soup kitchen on 4th Avenue, among other important services). On October 29th, Park Slope will have a chance to give back to CHiPS by participating in their “The Good Night Out” event. Just dine out at one of the participating restaurants and 15% of your dinner checks will be donated to CHiPS! It’s that simple!
CHiPS is still looking to add participating restaurants to the event (Bogota Bogota Latin Brooklyn Bistro Restaurant/Catering and Juventino have already signed up). If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for any help you can give them!
Bogota Latin Bistro Congratulates Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo
We would like to congratulate Maria del Carmen Arroyo on her re-election to the New York City Council. Councilmember Arroyo has worked tirelessly for the restaurant industry. She is Chair of the Committee on Health and has helped implement fine reductions and greater overall education to food and beverage operators.
For more information on Maria del Carmen Arroyo visit her page on the NYC Council website.
HBO Summer Documentary: AMERICANS IN BED
What makes or breaks a relationship today? From the privacy of their own bedrooms, ten couples offer frank, funny and often surprising insights into love, sex and marriage in AMERICANS IN BED. Bogota Latin Bistro’s very own George and Farid are featured in this HBO documentary, which is on demand. For more about the documentary, click here.
On the menu at Brooklyn’s Bogota Latin Bistro: rising sales and lots of perks for employees
Park Slope eatery’s owners score top prize from SBA’s New York district office – (Daily News)
When Farid Ali Lancheros and George Constantinou tried to get funding to open a pan-Latin restaurant in Park Slope back 2004, 12 banks turned them down for a loan.
“No one wanted to back us,” Constantinou said.
But within a year, the first time restaurant owners opened the doors to Bogota Latin Bistro and they have been defying the odds ever since.
(For the complete NY Daily News article click here.)