May 16, 2012
Madison Restaurant Honored with Faces of Diversity Award
Krishna Pradhan, owner of Himal Chuli in Madison, was honored as the Wisconsin finalist for the National Restaurant Association Faces of Diversity Award in the American Dream category.
Pradhan moved to Madison in 1972 from his native Nepal to teach the Nepali language at the UW-Madison. He decided to pursue his PhD and brought his wife, Bishnu, and four children to join him. They frequently entertained friends and co-workers who became enamored with their Himalayan cuisine and encouraged them to open a restaurant.
Their first foray into the industry was a food cart on the UW Library Mall which was followed by the opening of Himal Chuli on State Street in 1986. The first Himalayan restaurant in the United States, it remains a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
The Pradhan's four children all went on to attend college and a son now owns two restaurants in Madison. Having employed many university students over the years, the Pradhans are also proud to see their success in many fields. Himal Chuli supports a variety of local non-profits as well as schools and small businesses back in Nepal.
In his eloquent application essay Pradhan explained “the American Dream for us is to have personal independence without infringing on anybody’s else’s choices or freedom. We have achieved the American Dream…because of the survival and real success of our Himal Chuli restaurant.”
The American Dream award celebrates members of the restaurant and foodservice industry who are the best representation of how, through hard work and determination, one can achieve the American Dream in this industry.
“The winners of our 2012 Faces of Diversity American Dream award serve as an inspiration for us all, and remind us that the entrepreneurial spirit that represents our industry remains strong,” said Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.
For more information, visit the National Restaurant Association’s web site at http://www.restaurant.org/sustainability/industryawards.
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