Who’s the Best Democratic Candidate for the Restaurant Business?

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Reem Assil — chef and owner of Reem’s in Northern California — is a former community and labor organizer and child of Syrian and Palestinian immigrants by way of Lebanon.

Keavy Landreth — co-owner of Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn — is a self-declared “in-your-face feminist” who values social justice and equity in politics and life.

Seth Pacleb — co-owner and co-operator of Brothers & Co in Seattle, a ramen and taco stand at a weekly farmers market — cares about food accessibility, ethical sourcing, reduction of food waste, and environmental responsibility.

Susan Fedroff and Christine Williams — co-owner and managing partner, respectively, of Leyenda and Clover Club in Brooklyn — are part of a team that has created some of the most iconic bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Tracy Nieporent — a partner in the Myriad Restaurant Group, which owns and operates Tribeca Grill, Nobu, and Bâtard in New York City — is chair of the Restaurant Committee at NYC & Company.

Photo: Myriad Restaurant Group

Julian Brizzi — managing partner and co-owner of Rucola, Grand Army, Celestine, and Magazine Bar in Brooklyn—operates multiple successful restaurants with a passion for social justice.

Peter Shelsky — owner of Shelsky’s of Brooklyn — is a neighborhood icon known as much for his high-end appetizing as his strong political views.

Andrew Rigie, the executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, is the voice of the New York City restaurant industry.

Andrea Strong is a journalist who covers the intersection of food, policy, business and law. She is also the founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance.

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