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What It Takes to Design a Restaurant, According to Shoo Shoo’s Albert Bitton

Shoo Shoo New York restaurant bar
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Which new bourbon are we pumped about? What does it take to be a master journeyman? Where are we excited to travel to next? Each week, The Manual Podcast invites an expert, artisan, or craftsman for a roundtable discussion on what’s new, exciting, and unique in their trade.

For this week’s episode of The Manual Podcast, Greg, Nicole, and Sam sit down with Albert Bitton, Co-Owner of Shoo Shoo, a Tel Aviv-inspired restaurant in New York City.

Coming from the corporate sector, Bitton worked in various spaces — including opening a trendy cafe in New York City — before helping establish Shoo Shoo. Most recently, he helped establish the CLEAN program, a health and wellness program that incorporates a 21-day cleanse to refresh and rejuvenate the body and mind based on the work of a friend of his, Dr. Alejandro Junger.

After a few years with the company — including a shoutout from Gwenyth Paltrow on her Goop platform that propelled the brand to incredible heights — Bitton sold his share and took a year off to spend time with family and do some surfing. Then, about a year later, he felt the urge to be doing “something” again. Shoo Shoo came about, he says, after spending a long time walking by the same corner spot, a spot he would think about as perfect for a new restaurant or cafe.

Modeled on a bohemian Tel Aviv cafe, Shoo Shoo not only embodies the aesthetic of Tel Aviv, but the food and culture as well — as was the intent. Bitton takes us through what it takes to envision, enact, and eventually open a restaurant, as well as how to tell if it is going to go well for the business.

Shoo Shoo New York restaurant brunch
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